HL Deb 26 June 1995 vol 565 c36WA
Lord Finsberg

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Greek Government, when ratifying the protocol of accession to the modified Brussels Treaty, excluded from the competence of the International Court of Justice any dispute which involved taking defensive military measures for reasons of national defence and whether it is the case that such a reservation modifies Article X of the Treaty and therefore should have been included in the protocol of accession itself before it can become valid.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey

The content of the note verbal which accompanied the deposit of the instrument of ratification by Greece of the protocol of its accession to the Western European Union (WEU) corresponds to the reservation made by Greece at the time of its acceptance of the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. The maintenance of this reservation, as communicated to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and known to all WEU member states, is entirely consistent with the provisions of Article X, second paragraph, of the modified Brussels Treaty.