5) The tribunal shall decide on the basis of respect for the law. Before the tribunal decides, it may at any stage of the proceedings propose to the Contracting Parties that the dispute be settled amicably. The foregoing provisions shall not prejudice settlement of the dispute ex aequo et bono if the Contracting Parties so agree.
6) Unless the Contracting Parties decide otherwise, the tribunal shall determine its own procedure.
7) The tribunal shall reach its decision by a majority of votes. Such decision shall be final and binding on the Contracting Parties.
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