Provisional measures denied in Pulp Mills case 23 Jan 2007
On 23 January, the ICJ found that the present circumstances do not require the Court to indicate provisional measures in the case between Argentina and Uruguay.

On 23 January, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) gave its decision on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Uruguay in the case concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay). The Court fount that the present circumstances do not require the Court to indicate provisional measures.

On 29 November 2006, Uruguay submitted a request to the Court for the indication of provisional measures. In its request, Uruguay stated that organised groups of Argentine citizens blocked a bridge over the River Uruguay and that, as a result, commercial and tourist travel from Argentina to Uruguay has been shut off. Uruguay contended that the Government of Argentina had not taken action against the blockade, nor that it planned to do so. Uruguay also stated that Argentina aggravated the existing dispute and thus was disregarding the explicit Order of 13 July 2006, in which both parties to the case were requested to refrain from any actions which would make the resolution of their conflict more difficult.

The ICJ stated that it is not convinced that the blockades risk prejudicing the rights which Uruguay claims from the Statute of the River Uruguay and that it had not shown that, were there such a risk, it would be imminent. It found that the circumstances of the case are not such as to require the indication of provisional measures as requested by Uruguay. The Court reiterated its call to the parties in its Order of 13 July 2006, in which the parties were called upon to fulfil their international obligations and to implement the procedures provided for in the River Uruguay statute and not to take any actions which would make the resolution of the dispute more difficult.

Judges Koroma and Buergenthal have appended declarations to the Order and Judge ad hoc Torres Bernández has appended a dissenting opinion.

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