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Marc Weller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566167.001.0001

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The Initiation of the NATO Aerial Campaign and the International Response

The Initiation of the NATO Aerial Campaign and the International Response

(p.150) 9 The Initiation of the NATO Aerial Campaign and the International Response
Contested Statehood

Marc Weller (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the series of events that led to the eventual NATO use of force, and the international legitimacy of that action. On 23 March, after a final attempt to persuade the FRY/Serbia to sign the interim agreement, the NATO Secretary-General authorized the launch of military operations against the FRY, purportedly to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe. The chapter the goes on to examine the international response, noting vehement objections raised in the UN Security council by Russia, India, and China. By contrast, the UK was strongly in favour, and was supported to some extent by a number of other states. Furthermore, a resolution declaring the action illegitimate was convincingly defeated. An attempt by the FRY/Serbia to bring its case before the International Court of Justice was deemed non-justiciable, but some submissions are examined nevertheless, as are the findings of a number of enquiry commissions established in different states.

Keywords:   NATO, use of force, UN, Security Council, ICJ, enquiry commissions

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