Romania considers "honest" the decision on the island Snake

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Romania calls honest the decision of the International Court of Justice of the UN on the case of delimitation of a continental shelf and an exclusive economic zone with Ukraine.

It was declared by the vice-chairman of National agency on mineral resources of Romania Herman Mihai. "The court made the honest decision", - he told.

The representative of Romania noted that Ukraine demanded to recognize Snake as the island, but the court decided that rather small in order that it to consider this island when determining the delimitation line.

Mihai also expressed opinion that the judgment can promote improvement of the relations of Romania with Ukraine, including in the field of cooperation in the oil and gas production organization on the Black Sea shelf.

The representative of Romania didn't specify, what volume of oil and gas can be in that part of a shelf which, according to a judgment, departed to the Romanian party.

He only noted that for definition of stocks tens or even hundreds millions dollars for implementation of prospecting works are necessary.

We will remind, today, on February 3, the UN International Court of Justice in the Hague (Kingdom Netherlands) passed the decision in which noted that the island Snake can't be considered as part of the coastal line of Ukraine in definition of the median line at delimitation of a continental shelf and an exclusive economic zone. The UN International Court of Justice also decided not to consider disparity in length of the coastal line of Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea at delimitation of a continental shelf and an exclusive economic zone.

Case of delimitation of a continental shelf and exclusive economic zones of Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea was in court at the initiative of Bucharest since 2004. On May 16, 2006 Ukraine submitted the countermemorandum to the UN International Court of Justice.

The Romanian party appealed to court as considered that the island Snake is not the island, and the rock. In turn Ukraine proved that the island Snake nevertheless is the island, and length of the Ukrainian part of the coast opposite to disputable territories makes 1058 kilometers, and Romanian - 258 kilometers. Respectively, on belief of Ukraine, disputable territories of a shelf needed to be divided in a proportion 1 to 3:53,3 thousand square kilometers - beyond Ukraine, 21,9 thousand square kilometers - beyond Romania.

The island Snake is the territory of Ukraine that is fixed in the contract on neighborliness and cooperation between Ukraine and Romania of 1997.

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