Pres convenes Special meeting with the Cabinet on the ITLOS decision

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih convened a special meeting with the cabinet on Friday evening to discuss the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)' decision on the case regarding the delimitation of the maritime boundary between the Maldives and the Chagos Archipelago.

At the meeting held at the President's Office, the members of the cabinet held extensive discussions on the outcomes of the Tribunal's hearings.

The President's Office said the government considers that Friday's ITLOS Special Chamber concluded favorably for the Maldives owing to the fact that the tribunal ruled unanimously in favor of the Maldives with regard to the alleged claim by Mauritius to a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles and, furthermore, agreed with the Maldives claim that Blenheim reef may not be used as a base point thereby according to 47232 sq kilometers - the larger portion of the overlapping area- to the Maldives.