Myanmar to respond to Gambia lawsuit at ICJ in line with international laws

NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - President Office Spokesperson Zaw Htay said the government had expected over a month before, that Myanmar could face a suit at ICJ.

The government will take responsive measures against the lawsuit filed by The Gambia against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accord with the international laws, President Office Spokesperson Zaw Htay said.

He replied to the question about the lawsuit during a press conference of the President Office held in Nay Pyi Taw on November 15.

He said the government had expected over a month before that Myanmar could face a suit at ICJ.

"Myanmar is a signatory to many international conventions. This is the mandate of ICJ. It has its procedures as well. The international laws are related to each other. So we will respond in line with the international laws," Zaw Htay said.

Representing the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, The Gambia filed a lawsuit at the ICJ against Myanmar for allegedly violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention.

He also said that another lawsuit against Myanmar in Argentina required no solution adding that the issue includes incidents that happened from 2012 to 2018 in Rakhine State. The lawsuit targeted former Presidents Thein Sein and Htin Kyaw, incumbent President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Military Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Zaw Htay said the government issued a statement on April 13, 2018 regarding the decision of the International Criminal Court to investigate the Rakhine issue.   

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