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9 April 1998


General List No. 99


international Court of Justice


Vienna Convention on Consular Relations





United States



BEFORE: Vice-President: Weeramantry
Citation: Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (Para. v. U.S.), 1998 I.C.J. 266 (Order of Apr. 9)

The Vice-President of the International Court of Justice, Acting President,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court, and to Articles 13, paragraph 1, 3 1, 32, paragraph 1, 44 and 45, paragraph 1, of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Application by the Republic of Paraguay filed in the Registry of the Court on 3 April 1998 instituting proceedings against the United States of America for "violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations [of 24 April 19631" allegedly committed by the United States of America,

Having regard to the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Paraguay on 3 April 1998,

Having regard to the Order of 9 April 1998 whereby the Court indi- cated provisional measures and in which it declared, inter alia, that "it is appropriate that the Court, with the co-operation of the Parties, ensure that any decision on the merits be reached with al1 possible expedition";

Whereas at a meeting between the Vice-President, Acting President, and the representatives of the Parties held on 9 April 1998, the Parties agreed on the time-limits set out below,

Fixes the following time-limits for the written proceedings:

9 June 1998 for the Memorial of the Republic of Paraguay;

9 September 1998 for the Counter-Memorial of the United States of America; 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 ninth day of April, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Government of the Republic of Paraguay and the Government of the United States of America, respectively.

(Signed) G. WEERAMANTRY, Vice-President.
(Signed) Eduardo VALENCIA-OSPINA, Registrar.