West Germany challenged Iceland over its decision to extend its fishing limits at the World Court in The Hague, in the Netherlands, on Thursday (March 28).
GV EXTERIOR Court of Justice.
SV German delegation arrive.
SV Court President M. Lach arriving.
GV INTERIOR British delegation shakes hands with German delegation.
CU plaque Iceland' ZOOM OUT TO GV empty table reserved for Icelandic delegation.
GV Judiciary entering court.
SV German delegation.
SV Hen seated.
SV lach speaks.
GV ZOOM IN TO SV German legal counsel Professor Dr. Guenther Jaenicke speaks, and SVs court listening. (3 shots)
PRESIONENT LACH ADDPESSING COURT: "The court meets today to hear the oral arguments of the merits of the Fisheries Jurisdiction case brought by the Federal Republic of Germany against the Republic of Iceland."
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Background: West Germany challenged Iceland over its decision to extend its fishing limits at the World Court in The Hague, in the Netherlands, on Thursday (March 28). West Germany began its arguments against Iceland's 1972 arbitrary extension of its fishing limits from 12 to 50 nautical miles following similar arguments put to the court by Britain on Monday (25 March)
The British delegation stayed on in The Hague to hear West Germany's case.
Like Britain, West Germany First submitted its case to the World Court against Iceland in 1972. But the court first had to decide upon its jurisdiction. Iceland has constantly denied the court's jurisdiction and has refused to send a representative - although the Court found, in February 1973, that it had jurisdiction in the case.
West Germany is represented in the case by Professor Dr. Guenther Jaenicke. at Monday's session, Britain told the Court that although the so-called 'Cod War' between Britain and Iceland was ended, the dispute over Iceland's extension of fishing limits still existed.