Unilaterally Constructed Barriers in Contested Areas

(Washington Institute for Near East Policy) David Makovsky and Ben Thein - India, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey voted to refer the Israeli fence to the ICJ for an advisory opinion even though they had themselves built barriers in areas contested by their neighbors. India is just completing a 460-mile barrier in the contested Kashmir to halt infiltrations supported by Pakistan; within the last two years, Saudi Arabia built a sixty-mile barrier along an undefined border zone with Yemen to halt smuggling of weaponry; and Turkey built a barrier in the southern province of Alexandretta, which was formerly in Syria and is an area that Syria claims as its own. The ICJ has not been involved in any of the other barrier disputes.

2004-07-09 00:00:00

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