MACEDONIA SUBMITTED REPLY TO INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov submitted Wednesday to the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) Macedonia's reply to the Greek counter-memorial on the lawsuit filed by Macedonia against Greece for breaching the bilateral 1995 Interim Agreement by blocking its NATO membership invitation at the Bucharest summit.
- We appreciate this opportunity in the second stage of written memorials in the proceedings to file our response to the Court, which we highly respect for being the chief judicial organ of the United Nations. Greece should make the next step, which is to submit its written memorial by October 27 2010 at the latest, Dimitrov stressed while handing over the reply.
The team engaged in preparing the reply is made up of local and foreign experts as well as of Foreign Ministry staff.
Greece is set to file a written memorial regarding Macedonia's arguments to ICJ by Oct. 27. It will complete the written phase, after which the Court should decide when to schedule the oral phase of the process. In line with ICJ rules, the content of the written memorials remains confidential until the start of the oral hearing i.e. an appropriate ruling of the Court.
On November 17 2008, the Republic of Macedonia brought a case against Greece in relation to the implementation of Article 11 Paragraph 1 from the Interim Agreement signed on September 13 1995.