Utrinski Vesnik: UN Court Decision on Kosovo Relevant for Macedonia
Macedonians should watch out for the decision of the International Court of Justice regarding the legality of Kosovo's independence and learn from the response of the international community, writes an article in Macedonian daily Utrinski Vesnik Thursday.
Although the matters are not directly related, the case of Kosovo's independence might allow inferences about the prospects of case filed at the ICJ by Macedonia against Greece regarding the notorious protracted name dispute, argues the author.
November 2008 Macedonia filed a claim at the International Court of Justice regarding what it saw as “flagrant violations” of obligations and goodwill on the part of Greece, after in April 2008 Greece blocked NATO's invitation to the former Yugoslav republic.
Greece refuses to recognise the former Yugoslav republic under its constitutional name, arguing it historically belongs to Greece and might incite encroachment on three northern Greek provinces of the same name (West Macedonia, Central Macedonia and East Macedonia and Thrace).
“We should watch out whether the decision will be legally or politically grounded, and whether it will be considered or ignored by the EU, US and the other actors in the international community,” writes Utrinski Vesnik Thursday.
The article also reports that some Macedonian politicians are worried about unclarity of the repercussions a rumored partition of Kosovo might have for Macedonia.
It bewails the fact that Macedonia has not followed the Serbian example and launched a persistent diplomatic campaign to defend its interest in the side.
Interestingly, the Utrinski Vesnik article writes that “Belgrade wants to make Brussels kneel down on Kosovo precisely with EU's argument in the Macedonian case” – namely that stable peace requires that there must be found a decision that satisfies interests of both parties to the dispute and is not just unilateral.
The article also includes a mention of Bulgaria as an "agent of Greece" in the name dispute.
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