ICJ Name Dispute Ruling: Solution In Hands Of Both Parties – Howitt


The judgement made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague Monday morning in the case of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia versus Greece must spark renewed efforts to find a solution, Richard Howitt MEP, the Member of the European Parliament who leads for the country in its progress towards EU accession said.

In this morning’s judgment, ICJ President Hisashi Owada said in relation to the decision on NATO membership made at the 2008 Bucharest Summit, “The Court has found a violation by the respondent of its obligations under Article 11.1 of the Interim Accord.”

Richard Howitt MEP, the European Parliament Rapporteur, said, “In the wake of this judgment there is an obligation for both parties to negotiate a mutually acceptable solution,” adding, “This ruling does not in itself provide the solution but perhaps may bring a solution nearer.”

Howitt continued: “I call on both parties now to move this issue beyond the adversarial setting of the courtroom.”

In Howitt’s opinion, “The problem is in the court of public opinion in both countries. A restrained and responsible response to this verdict is needed on both sides to lead respective public opinion to a solution fair to all.”

The European Parliament Report authored by Howitt on the country’s progress towards EU accession will be first discussed in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on the 20 December, 2011.

2 thoughts on “ICJ Name Dispute Ruling: Solution In Hands Of Both Parties – Howitt

  • December 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Unfortunately the ICJ brushed over the other parts of the interm agreement that also including words against “hostile propaganda”, attempts to usurp history, and irredentism.

    The ICJ selective memory over blatently obvious state propaganda just re-affrims Greeks fear that those that deiced to reference FYROM as “Macedonia” demonstrate prejudiced against Greeks. Identity is a human right. Not identity theft.

    ‘We are not related to the northern Greeks who produced leaders like Philip and Alexander the Great. We are a Slav people and our language is closely related to Bulgarian.’ – FYROM´s Ambassador to Canada Gyordan Veselinov, Ottawa Citizen Newspaper, February 24 1999

  • December 6, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Greek goverment have violated international law and opstructed this small country MACEDONIA to integrated with EU and NATO. This is a proof and conformation what has been going on for many years. This is and attempt to delete history, heritage and culture of one pecefull nation. World should know that Macedonia have existed for 2000 years and will exsist. Nobody can kill and delete the spirit and hope of this nation.


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