International Court of Justice Ruling on the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo

The International Court of Justice of the United Nations today rendered its Advisory Opinion on the legality of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance with international law.
In Section V, “GENERAL CONCLUSION”, of the Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice, the Court rendered the following decision:
122. The Court has concluded above that the adoption of the declaration of independence of
17 February 2008 did not violate general international law, Security Council
Resolution 1244 (1999) or the Constitutional Framework. Consequently the adoption of that
declaration did not violate any applicable rule of international law.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations has forwarded the advisory opinion to the General Assembly, which had requested the Court’s advice and which will determine how to proceed on this matter. The Secretary-General strongly encourages the parties to engage in a constructive dialogue.  The Secretary-General urges all sides to avoid any steps that could be seen as provocative and derail the dialogue.
To read a copy of the Court’s Advisory Opinion, see Written Statements under Activities.