Sexta-feira, 23 de Julho de 2010

Self-Determination 1, Territorial Integrity 0

By Vasco Martins

 

The International Court of Justice has considered legal the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo from Serbia. To this day, 69 countries recognize its independence, including Portugal. But what are the latent implications of such ruling to other ‘hot spots’ around the world?

The Kosovo precedent was not only enabled but also ‘doubled’ by the ICJ. Secessionist movements have been legally empowered by the decision over the status of Kosovo. This is very bad news for several countries in the world, especially for the Caucasus.

The August war of 2008 ended with the official recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia against Georgia’s will, which considered it a clear breach of its territorial integrity, a claim fully supported by the west. Yet, the ruling of the ICJ on the legality of Kosovo’s independence has deeply changed everything. As a consequence, conflicts will reignite, stemming from Romania to Moldova, Spain, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Turkey, China, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Somalia, Angola, etc.

This ruling comes at a time when conflicts are either dormant or have been substantially ‘refrozen’. Reopening ‘Pandora’s box’ will have serious consequences in several regions, including among EU members. To Abkhazia and South Ossetia this is great news. Yet again, granting legal status to secessionist movements will only open a ‘nightmarish’ chapter in Georgian and Russian history.

 

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