A saga between neighbours centred on which has sovereignty over Pedra Branca has ended calmly with last week's decision by the new government of Malaysia to call off a legal challenge to an international court's decade-old ruling that the rocky island on which sits Horsburgh Lighthouse belongs to Singapore.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Singapore was happy to agree to Malaysia's move to drop the case, which had been due to be heard by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) later this month. The Republic's leaders have always believed in a peaceful resolution of the dispute in accordance with international law, and that faith has now been vindicated, with this amicable conclusion and the expiry of the 10-year window for states to seek a legal review.
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