Judicial process over islet issue begins

  • Nation
  • Friday, 25 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Singapore began yesterday the judicial process of resolving the issue of Pulau Batu Puteh at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. 

“This followed the submission, by the co-agents of the governments of Malaysia and Singapore in The Hague, of the joint notification to the Registrar of the International Court of Justice of the dispute between Malaysia and Singapore concerning the sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge,” Wisma Putra said in a statement. 

Other documents transmitted to the court included the special agreement for submission to the ICJ of the dispute, signed at Putrajaya on Feb 6.  

The instruments of ratification of the agreement, which were formally exchanged between the parties on May 9, also in Putrajaya, have also been submitted to the court. 

“All the documents were signed by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar on behalf of the Malaysian Government and Foreign Minister Prof S. Jayakumar on behalf of the Singapore Government,” the statement said. Wisma Putra has been working on solving the dispute for more than a decade. 

The Government had appointed Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, the ministry secretary-general, as its agent, and Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, the Malaysian ambassador to Netherlands, as co-agent. 

Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Mohamad, ambassador-at-large of the Foreign Ministry has been retained as the principal adviser in the case. 

“The entire process before the ICJ is expected to take about three years,” the statement added. – Bernama  

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