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27 May 1987


General List No. 75


international Court of Justice


Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute


El Salvador






BEFORE: President: Nagendra Singh
Citation: Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute (El Sal. v. Hond.), 1987 I.C.J. 15 (Order of May 27)

The International Court of Justice,

Composed as above, After deliberation,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court, and to Articles 31,44,46 and 92 of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Special Agreement concluded on 24 May 1986 between the Republic of El Salvador and the Republic of Honduras for the submission to a chamber of the Court of a land, island and maritime frontier dispute between the two States,

Having regard to the Order of 8 May 1987 by which the Court decided to accede to the request of the Parties to form a special chamber of five judges to deal with the case, and declared such a chamber to have been duly constituted, with the composition indicated in the Order, [p16]

Makes the following Order:

Whereas by Article 3, paragraph 1 (a), of the Special Agreement, ac-cording to the two translations thereof into the official languages of the Court referred to in the Order of 8 May 1987, the Parties request that the written proceedings consist of, in the first instance, a Memorial to be filed by each of the Parties no later than ten months after the notification of the Special Agreement; and whereas the Special Agreement provides for fur-ther pleadings to be filed by each Party, and indicates time-limits therefor;

Whereas by a joint letter signed on behalf of the two Parties and dated 11 December 1986, by which the Parties transmitted to the Registrar a certified copy of the Special Agreement, the Parties requested a postponement of the time-limit for the filing of the first pleading; and whereas by further communications received on 26 May 1987 the Parties informed the Court that they had agreed to request that that time-limit be fixed at 1 June 1988, and indicated the dates on which they had agreed for the filing of subsequent pleadings;

Having consulted the Chamber pursuant to Article 92, paragraph 1, of the Rules of Court,


Fixes 1 June 1988 as the time-limit for the filing by each of the Parties of a Memorial;

And reserves the subsequent procedure for further decision.

Done in English and in French, the English text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this twenty-seventh day of May, one thou-sand nine hundred and eighty-seven, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court, and the others transmitted to the Gov-ernment of El Salvador and to the Government of Honduras, respectively.


(Signed) Eduardo VALENCIA-OSPINA,