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Singapore closes Pedra Branca case with strong arguments

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 20, 2007

Singapore played its trump card in the Pedra Branca case on Tuesday as it wrapped up its oral pleadings before an international court. It argued that its claim to the disputed island stands on two legs – lawful acquisition of title between 1847 and 1851 when the British built Horsburgh Lighthouse there, and sovereign acts carried out over 150 years.

Malaysia’s claim, however, stands on only one leg: its claim that the Johor Sultanate had original title to the island since time immemorial.

Singapore proposed to the court that if neither side has proven it had title to the disputed island in 1851, then Singapore’s claim must prevail over Malaysia’s because it alone has carried out state activities on the island.

In inviting the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to look at the case in this light, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh said it was an approach that was bound to cause Malaysia concern. (story)

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One Response to “Singapore closes Pedra Branca case with strong arguments”

  1. Johnny said

    Finally the dispute is over.

    The news has just release:

    Sovereignty of Pedra Branca island to Singapore.
    Sovereignty of Middle Rocks and South Ledge to Malaysia.

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