India and Bangladesh fight over 4,000 sq km of sea

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  1. AVERAGE INDIAN

    AVERAGE INDIAN EXORCIST Senior Member

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    NEW DELHI: The final legal battle between India and Bangladesh over 4,000 square kilometres of the Bay of Bengal, holding out huge potential for fishing, shipping and underwater resources, will begin from December 9 at The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration.

    India's strategy has been chalked out by the ministry of external affairs in consultation with other ministries and the arguments before the International Arbitral Tribunal will be opened by attorney general G E Vahanvati, who will be assisted by attorneys from abroad as well as a team from home.

    Bangladesh has proposed the 'angle bisector' method for delimitation of the maritime boundary, but India is pitching for the traditional and internationally recognized 'equidistance' principle to resolve the dispute.

    India will point out to the tribunal that it had successfully implemented 'equidistance' principle to settle maritime boundary disputes with other neighbouring countries. Bangladesh's argument is that due to coastal instability and concavity of its coastline, the equidistance line would put it at a severe disadvantage.

    Bangladesh had challenged the baselines drawn by India using the equidistance principle and claimed before the tribunal that these were not in conformity with Article 7 of the United Nations Convention on Law of Sea (UNCLOS).

    The tribunal is chaired by Dr Rudiger Wolfrom (Germany) and the other members are Judge Jean-Pierre Cot (France), Prof Ivan Shearer (Australia), Judge Thomas Mensah (Ghana, nominated by Bangladesh) and Dr P Sreenivasa Rao (nominated by India).

    India will be represented by the AG, senior advocate R K P Shankardass, advocate Devadatt Kamat, Prof Alain Pellet (University of Paris), Prof W Michael Reisman ( Yale University) and Sir Michael Wood (UK).

    The nearly 4,000 sq km of Bay of Bengal, which is at the centre of the longstanding dispute which started at the international forum with Bangladesh submitting its written arguments on May 31, 2011, encompasses all maritime zones — territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, continental shelf and outer continental shelf.

    If Bangladesh's method of determining the maritime boundary is accepted by the international forum, India will lose control over around 2,905 sq km in the EEZ and 1,018 sq km in the outer continental shelf.

    It will be a do-or-die legal battle as the decision of the International Arbitral Tribunal will be final and binding on the parties.

    India and Bangladesh fight over 4,000 sq km of sea - The Times of India
     
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    Tolaha Senior Member Senior Member

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    We could have come up with a Mughal/Gupta/Maurya/Pala era maps to claim some more of the ocean, but nice to know that arbitration is still a preferred method to settle dispute between countries.
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    This is good. I think India has got an influential company of representatives. India's diplomatic win should give it victory. Let's hope for the best.
     
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  6. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    it's about time to remind them who REALLY fought their independence war for them

    and how ungrateful they have been about it all these decades

    we never asked anything of them

    if they had fought on their own, today they would still be e pak and total slave of w pak
     
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    30 million illegal bangladeshi beggars lives in india and they are claiming all the sea.
     
  8. Abhijeet Dey

    Abhijeet Dey Regular Member

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    Oh.......... so that's why they are buying those two submarines from China.:suspicious:
     
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    Their (Bangladesh) dispute with Myanmar over EEZ has been resolved via arbitration.
     
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    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

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    Yeah, AFAIK in Aug 2012.

    Irony is that Indian claim is based on the same logic (equidistance) which BD used to against Myanmar, and won. Now BD wants the logic (angle bisector) used in this arbitration which Myanmar used, and lost.

     
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  11. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    It's the old question: "What have you done for me recently?"
     
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  12. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    what you meat was "what have you done for me lately " ( title of a popular song around 1986 ?)
    for one we havent banged your ass ( even if that's what you wanted )

    "recently" about 6 mths ago MMS singh gave bdesh some border land they we crying about for years ??
     
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