1. By letter of June 26, 2012, the Respondent informed the Tribunal and Claimant that in June 13, 2012, the Procuradoria General del Estado decided that a public tender for contracting outside counsel has been not successful, as no one of the entities that applied has been considered as corresponding to the conditions set forth for said tender.
2. As a consequence, Respondent requested a 2 months extension for the submission of its Statement of Defense.
3. Duly notified, Claimants by letter of June, 29, 2012 considered that as the arbitral proceeding was known by Respondent for more than 16 months and as in September, 29, 2011 the Tribunal granted to the Respondent 5 months for submitting its Statement of Defense, the proceedings for contracting outside counsel could have been implemented much sooner and therefore no grounds exist to justifY the requested extension.
4. The Tribunal admits that Claimants is not wrong when stating that Respondent could probably have avoided this situation and therefore it has the exclusive responsibility for the situation that justifies the request for the 2 months extension.