Pedra Branca

Pedra Branca 

 

Singapore and Malaysia’s 29-year dispute over the sovereignty of Pedra Branca draws to a close tomorrow, when the International Court of Justice delivers its verdict. Yesterday, Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh laid out four possible outcomes. Senior Political Correspondent LYDIA LIM reports.

 

RULING WON’T AFFECT TIES

‘No matter what the outcome is, Singapore remains committed to resolving disputes through international law and third-party dispute-settlement procedure.

 

‘I am very happy that the two governments have repeatedly said they will accept and abide by the judgment of the court.

 

‘The two foreign ministers have said that no matter who wins, this will not affect bilateral relations.

 

‘In fact, the two sides look forward to putting this dispute behind us so that we can focus on positive cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally.’

 

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE TOMMY KOH who, with Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar and Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, leads the Singapore delegation to The Hague to receive the court’s judgment

 

Source: Straits Times

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