Egypt Says Not to Recognize Kosovo Prior to ICJ Advisory Opinion
    2010-03-23 02:59:17     Xinhua      Web Editor: Ma Ting
 

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Egypt will not recognize Kosovo as an independent state before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) gives its advisory opinion on the issue, state-run MENA news agency reported.

Ambassador Ihab Nasr, representative of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to the meeting of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said Egypt will not recognize Kosovo as an independent state before ICJ gives its advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo's unilaterally proclaimed independence.

He said the stance adopted by Cairo emerges from the country's keenness on not accepting "it (the unilateral declaration of independence) as an example" for any agglomeration of people who share independent identity to establish an independent state unilaterally.

The territory of Kosovo is a subject of dispute between Serbia and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo (PISG) which declared the independence of the territory from Serbia on Feb. 17, 2008.

The United Nations General Assembly approved in October 2008 Serbia's request for an ICJ advisory opinion on the issue. The ICJ is expected to announce its opinion within two months.

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