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    Order - Extension of time-limit: Written Statement of observations and submissions on Preliminary Objections

    [1].
    Present: Vice-President Shi, Acting President; President Guillaume; Judges Oda, Bedjaoui, Ranjeva, Herczegh, Fleischhauer, Koroma, Vereshchetin, Higgins, Parra-Aranguren, Kooijmans, Rezek, Al-Khasawneh, Buergenthal; Registrar Couvreur.
    [2].
    The International Court of Justice,

    Composed as above,

    After deliberation,

    Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court and to Articles 44 and 79 of the Rules of Court,

    Having regard to the Order of 30 June 1999, whereby the Court fixed 5 January 2000 and 5 July 2000 as the time-limits for the filing, respectively, of a Memorial of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and a Counter-Memorial of the Portuguese Republic,

    Having regard to the preliminary objections to jurisdiction and admissibility filed by Portugal on 5 July 2000,

    [3].
    Having regard to the Order of 8 September 2000, whereby the Vice-President of the Court, Acting President, fixed 5 April 2001 as the time-limit within which the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia might present a written statement of its observations and submissions on the preliminary objections made by the Portuguese Republic;
    [4].
    Whereas, by letter dated 18 January 2001, received in the Registry on 19 January 2001 by facsimile, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia referred inter alia to recent diplomatic initiatives and requested the Court, for reasons stated in that letter, "to grant a stay of the proceedings or ... to extend the time limit for the submission of observations of Yugoslavia, for a period of twelve months"; and whereas, on receipt of that letter, the Registrar transmitted a copy thereof to the Agent of the Portuguese Republic;
    [5].
    Whereas, by letter dated 1 February 2001, received in the Registry on 6 February 2001, the Agent of the Portuguese Republic informed the Court that her Government was not opposed to a stay of proceedings or, if a stay was not possible, to an extension of the time-limit for the filing of the observations and submissions of Yugoslavia on the preliminary objections of Portugal,
    [6].
    Taking account of the agreement of the Parties and of the circumstances of the case,

    Extends to 5 April 2002 the time-limit within which the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia may present a written statement of its observations and submissions on the preliminary objections made by the Portuguese Republic; and

    Reserves the subsequent procedure for further decision.

    Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this twenty-first day of February, two thousand and one, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Government of the Portuguese Republic, respectively.

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