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Press Release Regarding The Icj’s (international Court Of Justice) Decision On Kosova’s Declaration Of Independence , 22.07.2010

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), after having concluded its hearings that had begun on 1 December 2009, has delivered its much-awaited Advisory Opinion on 22 July 2010, thus decided that Kosova’s declaration of independence is legal under the international law.

ICJ’s opinion should be considered as a new window of opportunity for the establishment of lasting peace and stability in the Balkans as well as for the enhancement of regional cooperation, and reading the decision from that perspective would certainly serve the common good of the region.

Turkey is among the first countries to have recognized Kosovo. Preservation of Kosovo’s territorial integrity and its political and social structure built on democratic values is of great importance. Integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures, which is determined as the main objective of the region, offers a sound basis in this context.

We happily observe that European integration perspective is shared by all the countries in the region. This vision, which will shape the region’s common future, provides the necessary ground for settling of the existing problems in the culture of conciliation, and transforming the Balkans into a region of peace, stability and prosperity. Our expectation is that the abovementioned ICJ opinion will give fresh impetus to the efforts aimed at developing a positive and constructive dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. Turkey stands ready to render its full support to this effect.