Singapore files rebuttal to ICJ over Pulau Batu Puteh case

 |Nov 1, 2017
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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed that the republic has filed its written observations on Malaysia’s request for interpretation of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 judgment concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge.

In a statement yesterday, it said Singapore filed the documents with the ICJ on Oct 30.

The ministry said Malaysia’s request, dated June 30, was made pursuant to Article 60 of the Statute of the ICJ, which states that “in the event of dispute as to the meaning or scope of the judgment, the Court shall construe it upon the request of any party”.

Noting that Singapore’s written observations were a comprehensive rebuttal to Malaysia’s request for interpretation of the judgment, the ministry said: “Singapore is confident of its case and its legal team”, adding that the next step would be for the parties to present their oral arguments once the ICJ has fixed the schedule for the oral proceedings. — Bernama