The ICJ will commence public hearings on the merits of the dispute in Nicaragua v. Honduras on March 5, 2007. The dispute arises from the delimitation of maritime zones in the Caribbean Sea. Nicaragua initiated action against the Republic of Honduras in 1999, alleging that Honduras was responsible for â€œrepeated confrontations and mutual capture of vessels of both nations in and around the general border area.â€ Negotiations between the two states have failed. Nicaragua wants the Court â€œto determine the course of the single maritime boundary between areas of territorial sea, continental shelf and exclusive economic zoneâ€ affecting both states.
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