Among international maritime disputes between States, those concerning the delimitation of maritime boundaries are the most sensitive since they relate to the extent of the sovereignty, sovereign rights over natural resources or jurisdiction of the coastal States concerned. It is desirable that such disputes be resolved amicably through negotiations between the States parties to the dispute, but the States involved often face many difficulties and their disputes remain long unresolved. Such difficulties seem to stem from some of the following factors. First, each...
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