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Kosovo aims to join UN in five years – foreign minister

Author: Clive Leviev-Sawyer Date: Tue, Jul 21 2009 5 Comments, 4046 Views
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Kosovo foreign minister Skender Hyseni told local daily Koha Ditore in an interview that he is sure that Kosovo will be a member of the United Nations within five years.
Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. Belgrade has won UN General Assembly backing for the move to be referred to the World Court for a non-binding opinion on its legality – a process, however, that is expected to take at least two years.
Kosovo deputy prime minister Hajredin Kuqi said that Kosovo joining the UN depended not only on the country itself but on international developments.
"We are expecting to be member of the UN as soon as possible, but many things depend upon the geopolitical situation outside Kosovo, in particular between the Security Council members and Russia’s approach," Kuqi said.
However, unless Kosovo was sure that it would be accepted as a member of the UN, it would not submit a formal application, he said.
Balkan Insight said on July 20 2009 that local newspaper Express had reported that the International Court of Justice had still not released the names of the countries which have submitted comments regarding the legitimacy of Kosovo’s independence, but the US, UK, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, Albania and perhaps the Netherlands were believed to be among those to show support for Kosovo.

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