09 Oct 50 States Now Recognize Kosovo’s Independence
Serbia might want the ICJ to opine on the legality of Kosovo’s independence, but it seems that the horse is already out of the barn. Even Macedonia and Montenegro have now recognized Kosovo, the latter particularly irking the Serbian government:
Montenegro’s announcement sparked outrage in Belgrade, which along with key ally Russia has been vehemently opposing the split. Serbia in a knee-jerk reaction said it was expelling the Montenegrin envoy.
“The government unanimously decided to recognise the republic of Kosovo,” Montenegrin Foreign Minister Milan Rocen said in Podgorica, adding that his country would establish full diplomatic relations with neighbouring Kosovo.
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said Belgrade had “decided to inform Podgorica that the presence of its official representative in Belgrade is not welcome any more.”
Jeremic had earlier warned that such a decision by Montenegro would be a “stab in the back” for Serbia, as the two were tied up in a loose federation until a 2006 referendum that gave Podgorica independence.
To date, Kosovo’s independence has been recognized by 50 states, beginning with Afghanistan and Costa Rica and including nearly all of the EU and NATO. That’s 48 more than the two states that have recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia — Russia and Nicaragua.