Serbs to take West to International Court on Kosovo

Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:22pm EST

BELGRADE Dec 10 (Reuters) - Serbia will demand an International Court of Justice ruling on a Western plan to recognise Kosovo as a state if the breakaway province declares independence next month, President Boris Tadic said on Monday.

"A few hours ago I gave instructions ... that the state should urgently demand that the Security Council start proceedings at the International Court of Justice asking whether the independence of Kosovo would be legal," Tadic told state television RTS.

"If some states recognize it, then we can start the same procedure in institutions in those countries themselves," he added, in a clear warning that Serbia would pursue legal challenges in the United States and European Union.

(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac; Writing by Ellie Tzortzi)

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