ICJ public hearing should end according to Greek Ambassador. March 31, 2011Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
Tags: Greece, Macedonia
The Hague court should declare it has no jurisdiction on Macedonia’s suit and define the Macedonian demands as inadmissible, the Greek Ambassador and representative before the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), George Savaides, said on Wednesday.
If the Court declares itself to be in charge of the case and consider the demands as admissible, it should pass a verdict saying that the applicant’s requests are ungrounded, Savaides said at he final session of the public hearing in Macedonia’s suit against Greece before the ICJ for violating the 1995 bilateral document by objecting to Macedonia’s application to join NATO.
Maria Telalian, also a Greek representative before the Court, said Athens considered that the Macedonian party was the one that had breached the accord on several occasions, in particular the obligations related to the negotiations on the name row settlement.
Members of the Greek team, Yale and Cambridge Universities Professors Michael Reisman and James Crawford respectively, referred to the issues related to the Court jurisdiction and the link between the Article 11 and 22 of the Interim Accord.
Paris University Professor Alain Pellet elaborated Macedonia’s alleged violations of the accord by its attitude in the name negotiating process and persistence to use its constitutional name in international organizations instead of the interim reference – an obligation that derives from the UN Resolution 817.
After the presentation of Greece’s counter-arguments Judge Mohamed Bennouna asked the Greek team what was the position on Macedonia’s NATO membership Athens had been presenting before and during the Bucharest Summit in its contacts with other member countries. Greece should submit its answer to both the Judge and Macedonia in a written form by April 7. Macedonia on its part should submit its comment to the Greece’s response by April 14 at latest.
The ICJ verdict, which is final and binding for UN member-states and parties in the dispute, is expected within six months or by the year-end.
Macedonia took Greece to the UN court seeking a ruling that Athens illegally vetoed its application for NATO membership three years ago in breach of a 1995 agreement to support its membership of international organizations under the name “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”