Bogdan Aurescu: The decision given by the International Court of Justice in the trial with Ukraine was accepted by both parties.
Bogdan Aurescu, former agent for Romania to the International Court of Justice in the trial with Ukraine regarding the Black Sea delimitation appreciated that the statement of Iulia Timoshenko which mentioned the possible revision of the decision is an electoral one and said that the decision was admitted and accepted by both parties. His reaction comes in the context where the Ukrainian premier Iulia Timoshenko promised that if she won the presidential elections on Sunday, she would get the revision of the ICJ decision regarding the division of economic areas in the Black Sea between Ukraine and Romania. According to Timoshenko, the use of the continental plateau of the Black Sea would allow Ukraine to get oil and gas for hundreds of years.
Aurescu mentioned that the ICJ decisions are binding as they cannot be attacked in an appeal. ? On the other hand, in the case of maritime delimitation it is difficult to imagine the apparition of such facts as maritime delimitations are made in the given geographical context which and mathematical calculus? Aurescu said. The state secretary added that the decision of the Court on February 3, 2009 used this very method.
The International Court of Justice decided one year ago, in public solemn session its decision in the trial regarding ? The maritime delimitation in the Black Sea? ( Romania v.Ukraine).The ICJ decision admits the sovereign jurisdiction and sovereign rights for Romania ? mainly for the exploitation of the resources ? for a surface of 9700 square km of continental plateau and exclusive economic area which represents 79.3% of the area of more than 1200 square km under dispute with Ukraine and for approximately 70% of the resources estimated to be present in the area.