Recently I read in the news that Croatia is going to withdraw its case against Serbia. This case was brought before the International Court of Justice in 1999 and is based on Article IX of the 1948 Genocide Convention. To be more precise, the application instituting proceedings was filed on 2 July 1999. Croatia claims that Serbia has breached several of its obligations under the Genocide Convention. The Court’s judgment on preliminary objections was rendered on 18 November 2008. For more information on this case see here.
Is this move (provided that the request to remove the case from the List is actually filed in the coming days) going to mark the beginning of a new era in the relations between the two biggest states emerging from the former Yugoslavia? While that remains to be seen (noting, however, that their relations are way better than in 1999 when the case was initiated), it would be good if the two countries managed to resolve their differences amicably.