Press statement

Teodor Bacoschi, minister of Foreign Affairs
Accordance with international law of the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo” of the ICJ

I have taken note of the presentation by the International Court of Justice, on 22 July 2010, of the Advisory Opinion on the „Accordance with international law of the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo”.

Romania remains truthful to the international law and its full and comprehensive observance, because the international law is the determinant foundation of the foreign policy we are promoting.

the Advisory Opinion of the Court is currently analysed in detail by the MFA experts in international law. It is a complex document; it refers to a many specific aspects, which deem a detailed analysis. I have to insist on an aspect of utmost importance for the result of this internal analysis: the way in which the question was formulated did not allow the Court to approach the issue on substance. In other words, the Court only analysed the legality of making a declaration of independence per se, not the legal consequences of such declaration, i.e. the legality of the creation of an allegedly new state.

The opinion mentions the narrow and specific character of the question, underlining that the question was not referring to the legal consequences of the declaration, to whether or not Kosovo has achieved statehood, or to the validity or the legal effects of the recognition of Kosovo by those States which have engaged themselves in such a demarche.

I reaffirm, therefore, the well-known position of non-recognition of Kosovo as a State, which was constantly asserted by Romania over the last years.

We express our hope that Belgrade and Pristina will resume the dialogue in order to identify a solution that will meet the interest of both parties and will consider the stability and the European perspective of the region.

At the present, a large number of EU member states recognized Kosovo, but, at the same time, at the international level, only 69 out of 192 UN member states recognized this entity. Therefore, two third of the international community follows the same direction Romania went through constantly.

Yesterday, when the EU High Representative made the statement regarding the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice, we expressed our european solidarity accepting the language used in the statement of the EU High Representative, but today we have unequivocally reiterated our national position and the demarches regarding the internal analysis, within the Romanian MFA, of each paragraph of the Advisory Opinion issued by the ICJ.

Thank you and have a nice evening!