Unilateral declaration of independence
A unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) is a variant declaration of independence that is established when the government of a constituent entity of a sovereign state declares itself independent from that state, and declares itself a sovereign state, without having a formal agreement with the state that the constituent entity declared its secession from. The term was first used when Rhodesia declared independence in 1965 from the United Kingdom (UK) without an agreement with the UK. Other prominent examples of a unilateral declaration of independence include that of the United States in 1776, the attempted secession of Biafra from Nigeria in 1967, the Bangladeshi declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1970, the (internationally unrecognized) secession of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from Cyprus in 1983, and that of the Republic of Kosovo in 2008.
The method of UDI is considered controversial. During the breakup of Yugoslavia, the government of the United States warned the governments of Slovenia and Croatia to drop the UDI plans because of the threat of major war erupting in the Balkans because of it, and threatened that it would oppose both countries UDIs on the basis of the Helsinki Final Act if they did so. However, four days later both Slovenia and Croatia announced their UDIs from Yugoslavia.
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