Croatia says arbitration tribunal's decision not binding

Croatia is not bound by the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal to continue arbitration on the territorial and maritime border between Croatia and Slovenia because the Tribunal has not restored confidence in its work and in arbitration tribunals, the Croatian government said on Thursday after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague released its decision to continue with the arbitration in the Croatian-Slovenian border dispute despite Slovenia's having violated provisions of the Arbitration Agreement with Croatia.

Earlier on Thursday the Arbitral Tribunal in charge of the Croatian-Slovenian border dispute reported that it would continue with the arbitration in the territorial and maritime dispute even though Slovenia had violated some provisions of the arbitration agreement with Croatia because the violations were not of such a nature as to entitle Croatia to terminate the agreement.

"The arbitration tribunal has failed to restore confidence in its independence and impartiality and in arbitration courts in general," the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MVEP) has said.

"Croatia is no longer a party in that arbitration procedure and the MVEP does not comment on the intentions or decisions of the Arbitral Tribunal nor does it consider these to be binding on it regardless of whether they concern procedural matters or the merit of the border dispute between the two countries," the ministry said.

Last update: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 19:56

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