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Romania, Ukraine Border Dispute Goes To European Court

16 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Romania said today it has filed documents with the International Court of Justice to support its suit asking the court to resolve its Black Sea border dispute with Ukraine.

The two countries have been wrangling for years over the boundary line in the Black Sea.

Last September, Romania filed the suit asking the United Nations' highest court to intervene and demarcate the border, saying bilateral talks were leading nowhere.

Romania's Foreign Ministry said today it has detailed Romania's position in the report filed with the court in The Hague. The report includes "a presentation of the juridical reasons of the demarcation option proposed" by Romania, the ministry said. It would not give further details, saying the report was confidential.

Ukraine is expected to file its own report in coming months, after which the court is to start the hearings in the case.