Reactions to the ICJ’s decision on Kosovo’s independence have been coming in thick and fast, and two of the most pointed comments have come from Serbia and Kosovo itself.
Serbia’s foreign minister repeated his country’s determination never to let go a province it considers its heartland;
“Serbia will never, under any any circumstances, recognize the unilateral declaration of independence. I believe that from now on there are going to be people in the world tempted to write declarations of independence… that are, obviously according to the court in their narrow sense, OK with international Law,” warned Vuk Jeremic.
The position means it is unlikely Serbia will be offered EU membership any time soon, and it will maintain its hostile attitude to Kosovo.
However Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni says it is time to talk;
“Well I expect Serbia to live up to its responsibilities as a western Balkan nation. I expect Serbia to turn and come to us, to talk with us on so many issues of mutual interest and importance. But such talks can only take place as talks between sovereign states.”