Withdraw Recognition of Kosovo by Australian Government
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On 17 February 2008, the parliament in Pristina illegally and unilaterally declared
Kosovo's independence from Serbia. The status of Kosovo, which since June 1999 has been de facto and de jure a protectorate of the United Nations, remains, however, contested.
In accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999), Kosovo and
Metohija (full and correct name) is an integral part and territory of the Republic of Serbia under the international UN Mission in Kosovo – UNMIK. Due to that, Kosovo is not and cannot be considered a state nor a subject of international law.
The UNSC Resolution 1244 (1999) was adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter after 78 days NATO’s bombing of Serbia which was without the backing of the UN Security Council. Western military alliance’s intervention helped realize Kosovo Albanians’ dreams of independence contrary to international law and the rules-based order.
Since 1999, 250,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have been expelled from Kosovo. In mid-March 2004, militant and extremist members of the Albanian community in Kosovo burned 35 churches and monasteries and 800 houses in three days, while another 5,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians fled their homes.
The report: “Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in
Kosovo” - by Mr Dick Marty, Switzerland, has been adopted on 12 December 2010 in the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=12608&lang=en
A number of states, most notably Russia and China (India, Indonesia, Brazil, South
Africa, Argentina, Mexico…), strongly oppose the secession and are determined to
block Kosovo's admittance to international organizations.
The USA and most members of the European Union, on the other hand, immediately recognized Kosovo as a sovereign state. However, the efforts of the European governments to reach a consensus about the status question failed. Some of its members - for instance, Spain and Cyprus (Greece, Romania, and Slovakia) face their own separatist problems and are reluctant to recognize Kosovo's independence.
Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 95 out of the 193 United
Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 17 later withdrew their recognition (Suriname, Burundi, Lesotho, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau, Comoros, Dominica, Grenada, Madagascar, Togo, Central African Republic, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Palau,
Australia has been among the first countries which recognised UDI Kosovo (February
19, 2008). (Link: https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08CANBERRA30_a.html )
The recognition of Kosovo as an independent state by Australia and Australian support to Kosovo`s request for membership in international organisations (UNESCO, Interpol and other) are not only contrary of International Law but also can’t be considered as a constructive approach to the solution of the status of Kosovo and Metohija.
The Serbian people and state have been allies to and with Australia in two world wars.
There are hundreds of thousands of Serb Australians in Australia today, many of whom are involved deeply in the Australian community and political landscape.
We appeal to all sides of the political landscape in Australia to reverse this unjust and morally reprehensible decision and withdraw recognition of Kosovo as an independent state by the Australian Government.
The Serbs of Australia
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