India claim about points defining the baselines of India (straight baseline)

a list of geographical coordinates of points defining the baselines of India, as contained in theNotifications of the Government of Indiadated 11 May 2009 and 20 November 2009

Such acquisition of waters may strengthen India’s claim on the region but would violate Article 7(3) of the 1982 Convention that states that – “The drawing of straight baselines must not depart to any appreciable extent from the general direction of the coast, and the sea areas lying within the lines must be sufficiently closely linked to the land domain to be subject to the regime of internal waters.”

Such baseline also hold the potential of violating sub clause 5 of the same Article which states that – “Where the method of straight baselines is applicable under paragraph 1, account may be taken, in determining particular baselines, of economic interests peculiar to the region concerned, the reality and the importance of which are clearly evidenced by long usage.”

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