Thursday, October 09, 2008

Victory for Serbia at the UN!


Three cheers to the following countries:

Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Fiji, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Timor-Leste, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


All of them voted for the Serbian Resolution at the UN that the International Court of Justice rule on the [il]legality of unilateral secession of its southern Kosovo and Metohija province.

Against the Serbian initiative were, erm, six countries:
Albania, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and United States of America.
(the 'international community' gets smaller by the day doesn't it?!)

The quote of the day in the General Assembly's debate came from Dumisani Kumalo, South Africa's Ambassador to the UN, who in response to the US Ambassador said:

"Perhaps 48 countries did recognize Kosovo independence, but it may be worth mentioning that the other 144 did not."

The most significant country of the list of countries supporting Serbia is Indonesia-the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. The neocons and their liberal imperialist allies like to use their championing of Kosovan independence as a show that they’re not anti-Muslim. It’s great to see that Islamic countries aren’t falling for it.

And by the same measure, those Serbs who (mistakenly) think that Islam is their enemy(and not the neocons) should also look very carefully at the list of countries who supported them.

8 comments:

David Lindsay said...

Apparently, it will take two years to decide. How? What is there to discuss? Seriously, what?

Anonymous said...

@david
Whether UDI is legal (in accordance with the international law) in general.
They say no, we score some diplomatic points + Kosovo is kept out of many international organizations and the independence recognition process is slowed down.
They say yes, we recognize Republika Srpska (Serbian part of Bosnia) as an independent country.

olching said...

The best part is that Timor Leste voted for Serbia! The fact that a breakaway republic can spot this grave injustice in this says a lot. The fact that the coalition of the willing was represented by four micro-nations, Albania, and the States says even more.

Nice and important last paragraph, Neil.

Philip Cross said...

"Those Serbs who (mistakenly) think that Islam is their enemy..."

Gosh an implied criticism of Milosevic and his henchmen for the murder of Bosnian Muslims. Whatever next!

Neil Clark said...

anonymous: good point.
olching: absolutely!
philip: Milosevic didn't have an Islamophobic bone in his body. (or indeed any kind of racist bone, as anyone who knew him will testify) Islamophobes don't promote Muslims to positions of authority as Milosevic did. No evidence has ever been uncovered to link Milosevic to Srebrenica, and Milosevic's disgust when he heard the news of the massacre "the people who did this were not Serbs" says it all. Do you honestly think I would defend Milosevic if I thought he was an Islamophobe or indeed any other kind of racist? You should also bear in mind Milosevic's words on the siege of Sarejevo (as quoted in Adam Lebor's biography) "You (ie the Bosnian forces), deserve Sarajevo because you fought for it and those cowards killed you from the hills". Wow, how Islamophobic is that!

Anonymous said...

Its good that indonesia supports Serbia BUT like Spai, may be doing so because of potential secessionistr regions, to whit: West Papua.

Brian

Gibepregiba said...

And what about the fact that old Finnish scum got Nobel prize for peace?!

What about Milosevic... What about Radonjicko lake and Haradinay. Maybe he is next to get Nobel prize.

Hawleyto said...

Way to go Eritrea! Congratulations. You did it again -by asserting once more that principle matters! George Bush, eat your heart out!