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Copyright (c) 1986 The American Society of International Law
American Journal of International Law

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT: THE GULF OF SIDRA INCIDENT

July, 1986

80 A.J.I.L. 668

Author

YEHUDA Z. BLUM *

Excerpt

The clashes in the Gulf of Sidra (off the coast of Libya) between the navies of the United States and Libya in the last week of March 1986 have brought to the fore once again some legal problems surrounding the Libyan claims regarding the jurisdical status of the body of water in question.

The maritime area known as the Gulf of Sidra (also Sirte, Surt) covers about 22,000 square miles. As an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, it protrudes southwards to a distance of up to 140 miles, and is bordered on three sides (east, south and west) by the land territory of Libya. Under Article 1 of its Law of February 18, 1959, Libya fixed the limit of its territorial waters at 12 nautical miles. 1 That law superseded the law in force until then under which "the territorial sea of Libya extends six miles from the coast, as was the case before Libya's independence." 2



Following the overthrow of King Idris I on September 1, 1969, carried out by a "Revolutionary Command Council" headed by Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi, the new Government in 1973 made the following announcement:

The Gulf of Surt located within the territory of the Libyan Arab Republic and surrounded by land boundaries on its East, South and West sides, and extending North offshore to latitude 32 degrees and 30 minutes, constitutes an integral part of the Libyan Arab Republic and is under its complete sovereignty.

As the Gulf ...
 
 
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