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Tribunal Gave Our Continental Shelf to Barbados
Posted: Monday, May 8, 2006

By Stephen Kangal

I am convinced that the 11 April 2006 judgment issued by the Arbitral Tribunal that adjudicated on the TT/Barbados Maritime Boundary Dispute was alarmingly skewed in favour of Barbados in numerous critical areas.

In anticipation of this injustice in March 2004 when the dispute flared up I advised without success both by letter to the Prime Minister and by an article published in the Newsday that Government should exercise its legal options to avoid going to Arbitration. Tribunals are subject to contaminated justice.

The claim made by the T&T's Attorney General John Jeremie in the Senate Statement to the effect that "...The Tribunal also agreed to a request by T&T to extend our maritime boundary... to the continental shelf beyond the 200 mile EEZ of Barbados" is knowingly euphoria-generating but knowingly false. That would have been true had the Tribunal accepted T&T's proposal as set out in Judgment Map 7.5.

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