Disputes: Splitting the Difference

The nations of the world are mired in roughly 300 maritime boundary disputes, and last week a special panel of the International Court of Justice reduced that number by one. From The Hague, the World Court's headquarters in The Netherlands, the panel announced the settlement of a 20-year-old case between the U.S. and Canada over the Gulf of Maine, which lies between Massachusetts and Nova Scotia. The decision awards the U.S. about two-thirds of the gulf and Canada the rest. The 30,000-sq.-mi. area includes the Georges Bank, one of the world's richest fishing grounds, which may also contain sizable deposits...

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