Azerbaijani FM: Kosovo not Nagorno Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 23 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The Kosovo conflict is unique, as are all conflicts, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told Trend today. There is no one answer or method for settling such conflicts.
"Azerbaijan recognized and continues to recognize Serbia's territorial integrity," he said.
In regards to an advisory opinion on Kosovo announced yesterday by the U.N. International Court, Polukhov said that the statement concerns Kosovo alone.
The settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is taking place under an OSCE mandate within the Minsk Group. Azerbaijan is negotiating the conflict's resolution in this format, he said.
U.N. International Court Chairman Hisashi Owada read out the advisory opinion on Kosovo at a public meeting in Hague. He said Kosovo's declaration of independence in February 2008 did not violate international law.
The International Court is the U.N.'s principal judicial organ, which considers disputes between countries and issues advisory opinions on legal questions at the request of the U.N. Security Council and the U.N. General Assembly.
The court's advisory opinions have no compulsory power, although they may have political consequences.
The Albanian authorities in Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia Feb. 17, 2008. The country's independence has been recognized by 69 of 192 U.N. member countries, including the United States and several EU nations.
Serbia, Russia, China and India have refused to recognize Kosovo's independence.