Asia: Not Enough of Nothing

For the past two years, two of the world's poorest countries have spent about $25,000 a week in Geneva on lawyers and living costs to contest their rival claims to an obscure and worth less piece of land. Last week, after reviewing mountains of conflicting evidence, a U.N.-sanctioned tribunal of three justices (from Iran, Sweden and Yugoslavia) handed down a judgment that, in effect, gave 90% of nothing to India and the rest to Pakistan.

The disputed area is a 3,500-sq.-mi. stretch of the Rann of Kutch, a desolate stretch of salt flat and sand dunes that is located...

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