The Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists that Ukraine won dispute about Snake

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In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs insist that the decision of the International Court of Justice of the UN on the case of delimitation of a continental shelf and exclusive economic zones of Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea was favorable to Ukraine.

The representative of Ukraine in the UN International Court of Justice Vladimir Vasilenko told about it today at a briefing for the press.

Vasilenko called incorrect and inveracious statements of some politicians and the message in the press that Ukraine lost in court, lost the territory, etc.

He noticed that it is necessary to distinguish the state territory and the territory outside border - sea space.

The diplomat noted that in the UN International Court of Justice in the Hague the disputable marine territory which belonged to nobody therefore to speak about loss of any territory by Ukraine incorrectly was considered. Moreover, he noticed that if to look at the territory as a whole, and not just at distribution of the disputable territory, Ukraine only won from such division as the ratio as a whole makes 2,1:1. Moreover, the majority of oil and gas fields remained in the Ukrainian territory.

Vasilenko expressed misunderstanding why some persons try "to play the political card" on absolutely lawful and qualified decision of the International Court of Justice of the UN.

Also Vasilenko rejected charges to the president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Ogryzko, having noticed that the decision on expediency began to address in the UN International Court of Justice in 1996 when the country was led by Leonid Kuchma.

At this Vasilenko noted that it was normal and strategically correct decision.

As it was reported, on February 3 the UN International Court of Justice in the Hague passed the decision in which noticed 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 gave to the International Court of Justice of the UN counter - the memorandum.

The Romanian party appealed to court as considered that the island Snake is not the island, and the rock. At the same time 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 km, and Romanian - 258 km. Respectively, on belief of Ukraine, disputable territories of a shelf needed to be divided in a proportion 1 to 3: 53,3 thousand sq.km - beyond Ukraine, 21,9 thousand sq.km - 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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