Balkan neighbours Albania and Greece say they have agreed to refer a dispute over their maritime borders in the Ionian Sea to the Netherlands-based International Court of Justice.
The joint decision was announced during a visit to Tirana by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
"We have agreed to pass on this case to international justice," Dendias said after a meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Rama said that taking the disagreement to the court in The Hague would "(join) the dots based on the (court's) expertise and international maritime law".
Greece has recently launched a push to delineate its sea borders with neighbouring countries, amid high tensions - that threatened to trigger a military confrontation - with eastern neighbour Turkey over offshore energy exploitation rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
Officials in Athens have so far signed deals with Italy and Egypt.
Australian Associated Press