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19 October 2000


General List No. 102


international Court of Justice


Sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan








BEFORE: President: Gilbert Guillaume
Citation: Sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan (Indon. v. Malay.), 2000 I.C.J. 173 (Order of Oct. 19)


The President of the International Court of Justice,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court and to Articles 44 and 46, paragraph 1. of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Special Agreement between the two Parties, which was signed in Kuala Lumpur on 31 May 1997 and entered into force on 14 May 1998.

Having regard to the Order of I I May 2000. whereby the President of the Court, taking account of the agreement of the Parties. extended until 2 August 2000 the time-limit for the filing of a Counter-Memorial by each of the Parties,

Having regard to the Counter-Memorials of the Parties, which were filed within the time-limit thus extended;

Whereas in Article 3, paragraph 2 (c), of the Special Agreement the Parties have agreed that the written pleadings in the case should include, in addition to the Memorials and Counter-Memorials, "a Reply presented by each of the Parties not later than 4 months after the date on which each has received the certified copy of the Counter-Memorial of the other Party";

Whereas the Co-Agents of the two Parties addressed to the Court a joint letter dated 14 October 2000, which inter ulicr stated the following:

"By this letter. the undersigned wish to inform you that both Parties intend to file Replies in accordance with Article 3, paragraph 2 ((31, of their Special Agreement signed on 31 May 1997. The provisions of the Special Agreement envisage that Replies will be filed not later than 4 months after the date on which each has received the certified copy of the other's Counter-Memorial that is to say, not later than 2 December 2000.

However, the Parties respectfiilly request the Court to extend this time-limit by three months, to 2 March 2001. In al1 other respects, the Special Agreement remains unchanged",

Taking into account the agreement between the Parties,

Fixes 2 March 2001 as the time-limit for the filing of a Reply by each of the Parties; and Resrrivs the subsequent procedure for further decision.

Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative. at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this nineteenth day of October, two thou- sand, 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 lndonesia and the Government of Malaysia, respectively.

(Signed) Gilbert GUILLAUME,

(Signed) Philippe COUVREUR,