Sunday, May 24, 2009
Better late than never? The International Court of Justice allowed the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to submit a written statement on the question of the "Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo." Venezuela missed the deadline by a week for submitting its written comments, but the ICJ agreed to accept the late submission.
The Advisory Jurisdiction case arises from U.N. General Assembly Resolution 63/3 (A/63/L.2), adopted on October 8, 2008. In that resolution, the U.N. General Assembly asked the ICJ (under article 65 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice) to answer this question: "Is the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance with international law?"
Venezuela is the 36th country to file comments in this advisory jurisdiction case. The texts of all of the written statements are confidential at this stage of the ICJ's proceedings. Click here to read more (including a list of countries that have submitted comments).