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Yearbook of the United Nations 1977

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.

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Legal questions

In 1976, Greece had instituted proceedings against Turkey before the International Court of Justice in a dispute concerning the delimitation, exploration and exploitation of the continental shelf in the Aegean Sea. It had founded the jurisdiction of the Court on article 17 of the General Act for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes (Geneva, 1928) and on a joint Greco-Turkish communique issued at Brussels, Belgium, on 31 May 1975. After Turkey had expressed the view, in written observations, that the Court was not competent to entertain the dispute, the Court directed that the written pleadings be first addressed to the question of its jurisdiction.

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