1.The Tribunal shall have the power to rule on preliminary objections to jurisdiction and admissibility.
2. Any preliminary objection that the dispute should not be submitted or registered, is not within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, or for other reasons, is not within the competence of the Tribunal, shall be made in accordance with the applicable arbitration rules as early as possible.
Upon the formal raising an objection relating to the dispute, the Tribunal may decide to suspend the proceeding on the merits. The President of the Tribunal, after consultation with its other members, shall fix a time limit within which the parties may file observations on the objection.23
1. To reject the Request for Bifurcation.
2. To declare that the procedural calendar set forth in Scenario 3 of Annex B, as amended, of Procedural Order No. 1 is now in effect, and the Counter-Memorial on the Merits and Memorial on Jurisdictional Objections are due 90 days from the date of this Decision.
3. To reserve its position on costs until a later stage of the proceedings.
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