Sent in by Ed Brannum
Republic of Texas

Ambassador Rick McLaren,Republic of Texas

Press Release

July 16, 2001

World Court to decide whether it will hear Texas Case on violations of the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS: Today the World Court received the final legal instrument for deciding whether there is any basis by which the Court can issue a temporary order.

For several weeks the United States has been at the heart of heated disputes for ignoring the High Court's temporary injunctions, all the while insisting that the World Court strengthen its stand on exacting compliance to the law.

The Court must now gather and review evidence and hear oral arguments to support the Court's jurisdiction involving a Texas case, which purports mass violations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations by the United States.

This case has far-reaching implications. It is the first of its kind involving the United States where a perfected jurisdictional merger is established between a national court of the United States and the World Court. The United States has waived its jurisdiction of the case, in dispute a year earlier, to the world Court on June 18, 2000.

Texas, as Plaintiff in the case, claims standing under international law to bring this case before the World Court for breaches of a May 3, 1997 International Agreement that it has with the United States. This is to resolve the dispute involving outstanding issues of international law which have never been resolved regarding the original treaties of 1838 and 1845 with the United States and Texas' reserved rights under those treaties.

Texas claims that the United States, through its breach of this International Agreement, has circumvented due process of international law and has destroyed its underlying purpose of the agreement. The United States is ignoring the agreement that Texas has the right to maintain its diplomatic functions, actions and operations through its mission, embassies, consulate, and ministries, until the political issues provided for in the international agreement are fully resolved.

The International Agreement was negotiated under and met the requirement necessary for the Texas Mission to gain its standing and rights under the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations. Accordingly, under US law, in force on May 3, 1997, at 22 USC 254b and 254d, the United States is now violating its own requirement. Texas has now brought this dispute before the World Court for settlement.

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