The agreement is signed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tan Sri Ahmad FuziAbd Razak, and the Ambassador of Singapore, Tommy Koh. ANSWER: Mr President, Members wish to recall that on 4 July 2003, Malaysia initiated international arbitration proceedings against Singapore under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) because of our land exploitation work. For the same reason, Malaysia requested interim measures from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ICJ) on 5 September 2003. On 8 October, the ITUC rejected Malaysia`s request. Instead, the two governments have mandated the appointment of a group of independent experts to conduct a joint study on Singapore`s land use work, which is expected to be completed within a year. 2 In the months following the ITUC order, the land exploitation issue included two parallel trials. On one course, Singapore and Malaysia implemented the Order together by appointing a group of four experts to conduct the joint study. On the other hand, Singapore and Malaysia were parties to the arbitration. As the second track deviated from the outcome of the first track, the arbitration was suspended by mutual agreement until the end of the joint study. 3 The settlement agreement signed on April 26 is a complete and definitive solution to both processes. Malaysia has agreed to terminate its arbitration against Singapore.
Both parties are in the process of applying to the Court for a final award on the basis of the terms of the signed agreement. Path to colony 4 There were several reflections that led to this positive result. But before answering them, I would like to summarize the most important facts of the case. 5 The joint study commissioned by the ITUC was carried out by a group of independent experts composed of four professors of coastal engineering – two appointed on each side. The panel was assisted by an independent consultant – DHI Water & Environment – jointly appointed by Malaysia and Singapore. 6 Malaysia had asserted that Singapore`s re-cultivation „causes and may cause serious and irreversible damage to the marine environment“. The task of the expert group was to determine what the negative effects would be or would be. 7 The panel presented its report to both governments on 5 November. We have made the report available on the AMF and AMD websites. 8 It is important to understand that the Panel carefully considered all of Malaysia`s claims concerning injury. The experts were professional and thorough in their examination of the potential impact of our re-cultivation work.
9 At the end of the study, the expert group unanimously found that `our recovery work has no significant impact`. The four experts agreed on this very important finding. 10 The expert group found that, out of a total of 57 impacts from our recovery work, 40 were classified as „minor“, meaning that, although they could be detected in mathematical models, they are probably undetectable in the field. . . .