Court Settles 40-Year Black Sea Feud

THE HAGUE — A 40-year dispute between Romania and Ukraine over an energy-rich area of the Black Sea was resolved Tuesday as the International Court of Justice drew a border giving Romania the larger share.

But the ruling did not mention natural resources, and it was unclear how the new line would divide access to the region's estimated billions of cubic meters of natural gas and 10 million tons of oil.

Romanian delegate Bogdan Aurescu said his side got nearly 80 percent of its claim over the 12,000-square-kilometer territory. He said the decision could open new era of cooperation between the countries. Media in Bucharest suggested that the region's energy resources could help Romania become less dependent on Russian natural gas.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry praised the court's decision and said geologists would determine how much energy potential each side could exploit.