Dominican Republic ‘Archipelago State’ push advances
Santo Domingo.- The UN Legal Affairs Division and Law of the Ocean Office on Thurs. announced the section of local attorney Ricardo Paredes to conduct a study on Dominican Republic’s declaration as an Archipelago State by Law 66 -07 of May 22, 2007.
The announcement comes two days after Dominican Today reported the United Kingdom’s stance on Santo Domingo’s notification of intent, on which British ambassador Chris Campbell affirmed that the Dominican Republic “shares a maritime border with the Turks and Caicos…we have yet to obtain a response.”
An expert in international and maritime law, Paredes will spend three months in New York and six at the Oceanographic Institute of Southampton, England, where he will examine the legitimacy and the reasons behind Dominican Republic’s claim as Archipelago State.
He will also review and discuss the legality of such a declaration in the general framework of international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in particular.
The relevance of the project lies in the fact that the declaration’s legality needs an unilateral solution, to secure the international community’s recognition.