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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Maynamar Bngladesh maritime boundary dispute at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Dhaka, Aug 26 (—A public hearing on the dispute over delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal will begin on Sept 8.

The hearing will be held at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany and Judge Jesus, president of the tribunal, will preside, the ITLOS said in a media statement.

The maritime boundary case was submitted to the tribunal on Dec 14, 2009.

A public sitting of the tribunal will be held Sept 5, at which Thomas Mensah, Judge ad hoc chosen by Bangladesh, and professor Bernard H Oxman, Judge ad hoc chosen by Myanmar, will make the solemn declaration.

The first round of oral argument from Bangladesh will continue from Sept 8 to 13 while Myanmar will present its case from Sept 15 to 20.

The second round will begin the next day and continue for Bangladesh until Sept 22. Myanmar will make its submission on Sept 24, the statement added.


The case was submitted to the Tribunal in 2009, by the notification of a special agreement between the two states.

Bangladesh and Myanmar filed their written pleadings within the time-limits prescribed.

Bangladesh filed its memorial on July 1, 2010 and Myanmar its counter-memorial on Dec 1 2010. The reply of Bangladesh was filed on Mar 1, 2011 and the rejoinder of Myanmar on July 1 2011.

Bangladesh had made its presentation to back the claim on the extended continental shelf at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday amid disputes from India and Myanmar.

Bangladesh on Feb 25 submitted information to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 460 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured.
Published on 26 August 2011 in

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