Serbia seeking ICJ advisory opinion on Kosovo independence Jeannie Shawl at 5:49 PM ET
[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic has said that Serbia country is planning to file a petition with the UN Security Council seeking an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice [official website] on the legality of independence for the region of Kosovo [JURIST news archive], the now UN-administered territory that is still technically part of Serbia. Tadic said Monday that Serbia would "urgently launch an initiative" with the Security Council on the issue. Tadic's comments came after a UN-set Dec. 10 deadline for the end of negotiations passed without an agreement on the future of Kosovo.
Negotiations on a UN-supervised independence plan for Kosovo have been stalled [JURIST report], in part due to Serbia's insistence that the province should only be given autonomous status, rather than full independence. AFP has more.
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