5th anniversary of trial at The Hague on the Black Sea maritime delimitation


FM Corlatean: Romania has got excellent result. Aurescu: Trial at The Hague – model of international disputes peaceful solving.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) on Monday organized the international conference titled ‘Romania and the International Court of Justice. 5th Anniversary of the Ruling on Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea.’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean opened the conference, saying that Romania got an excellent result five years ago in the trial with Ukraine on the maritime delimitation in the Black Sea.  ‘The excellent result of this case, which required sustained efforts made by the two states parties in dispute as well as by the International Court of Justice during the trial that lasted almost four and a half years, first of all signifies the success of the international law,’ said the Romanian Chief diplomat when opening the international conference.
Titus Corlatean insisted on voicing gratitude to the team of jurists that represented the Romanian State in this complex case and awarded diplomas to people who supported Romania’s cause before the Court in The Hague. ‘Several generations of jurists and diplomats made extraordinary efforts to get the final result and when the resources for a negotiated solution were exhausted, the international justice – through the agency of the Court in The Hague – managed to finalize this case brilliantly and in a durable way. As a career diplomat and jurist I want to voice gratitude to all people who, along many years, worked passionately to settle this dispute,’ said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) Secretary of State Bogdan Aurescu, former Agent of Romania in front of the International Court of Justice at The Hague in the litigation with Ukraine referring to the delimitation of the maritime spaces in the Black Sea, on Monday said that this trial and particularly its result represented a model of peaceful solving for international disputes.
‘The trial at The Hague and its result represent a model of peaceful solving of the international disputes in the extended Black Sea region and its vicinity. It is an area which (…) does not lack in conflicts and tensions, from ongoing maritime space delimitations in the Caspian Sea, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean, to frozen conflicts and disputes concerning international minorities and energy,’ Aurescu said, as quoted by Agerpres. Aurescu said that beyond the success of the Romanian diplomacy in this case, the energy stake of the area was highly important. ‘Beyond the legal battle (…), the stake of obtaining a favourable delimitation line was truly represented by the hydrocarbon resources of the area. I am glad that the exploration activities conducted so far show good prospects for important resources in the area the ruling allotted to Romania, which is meant to ensure a high degree of independence to Romania in the not very far future,’ the Secretary of State said.
To honour the success in The Hague the Romanian Post on Monday started circulating a special issue of postage stamps titled ‘Black Sea, Rewritten History.’
Diplomats and jurists who contributed to the success of five years ago attend the conference, which was opened by Minister Titus Corlatean and Secretary of State with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu.
Five years ago, on February 3, 2009, the International Court of Justice gave its ruling on the litigation with Ukraine referring to the delimitation of the maritime spaces of the two states in the Black Sea and gave Romania almost 80 per cent of the area being disputed, namely 9,700 of continental shelf and exclusive economic area. This result was Romania’s first extension of sovereign jurisdiction and sovereign rights after 1918.

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