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Permanent Court of Arbitration

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[Permanent Court of Arbitration] by Pascal Gross, 22 December 1999


Singaporean artist designs winning PCA Flag

On 13 October 1998, the Administrative Council adopted a design for a flag of the PCA, selected by a working group out of some 160 competing entries from around the world. The winning design came from Ms. Faith Tay Suan Koon, an art student from Singapore. The PCA flag has a blue background with two white bands at the top and bottom. This symbolizes that the parties involved in disputes come to the PCA with sincerity to work out a peaceful resolution of their dispute. At the center of the flag is a diamond-shaped symbol, that may be interpreted as a simplified image of one of the elements of the PCA emblem, namely the "eye" which means wisdom and awareness. This symbol is surrounded by two crossed olive branches which may be regarded as a symbol for peace and arbitration. The artist attended the inauguration ceremony of the flag, which took place at the Peace Palace in The Hague on 8 April 1999, during a meeting of the Administrative Council.
Pascal Gross, 22 December 1999

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