Results of Greece-FYROM Argument To Be Announced On Dec. 5

The International Court of Justice in The Hague will formally announce its decision on FYROM’s action against Greece on Monday, December 5. After NATO members refused to accept the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as a member of the Alliance at the summit in Bucharest in 2008 (thanks to the veto by the then Greek prime minister Costas Karamanlis), the Skopje government appealed to the International Court of Justice, saying that Athens had violated the interim agreement of September 13 1995. Which is quite funny, since FYROM has printed maps showing its new boarders which extend all the way down to the Thermaiko Gulf in Thessaloniki.

During the hearings over the past few weeks, Greece and FYROM presented their claims through written submissions. On its part FYROM asked the judges to declare that Greece breached its obligations arising from paragraph 1 of Article 11 of the interim agreement and Greece apparently asked the Court to declare that it has no jurisdiction to rule on the request of Skopje and if the claim is rejected, declare the accusations of FYROM  to be groundless.

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