The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver its judgment in the case concerning Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995 (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia v. Greece) on Monday, 5 December 2011 (for more information see the Court’s press release here). The case started on 17 November 2008, with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) instituting proceedings against Greece for what it described as “a flagrant violation of [Greece’s] obligations under Article 11 of the Interim Accord signed by the Parties on 13 September 1995” (see Application here).
Basically, FYROM has requested that the Court find Greece in violation of Article 11 of the Interim Accord and order it to cease and desist from objecting in any way, whether directly or indirectly, to the FYROM’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and/or of any other ‘international, multilateral and regional organizations and institutions’ of which Greece is a member, in circumstances where FYROM is to be referred to in such organization or institution by the designation provided for in paragraph 2 of United Nations Security Council resolution 817 (1993). On its part, Greece claims that the Court has no jurisdiction to hear the case or the case is inadmissible, or in the alternative that FYROM’s claims are unfounded.
Hopefully, this eagerly awaited judgment, coupled with the (newfound) good will of the parties and the efforts of high-profile international mediators will help solve the ongoing row between FYROM and Greece over the name of the former and also pave the way for FYROM joining NATO and the EU.