Rohingya a ‘high priority issue’, will fight at ICJ: Myanmar

Myanmar has said the case, filed by Gambia against the country at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the alleged violation of the provisions of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, is a matter of “high national interest”.

Nobel laureate and State Counsellor of Myanmar Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will lead a team of lawyers to defend Myanmar’s “national interests” before the International Court of Justice.

According to Suu Kyi’s office, this is a matter of high national interest. It has roped in top international lawyers to argue its case in the international court.

Gambia had filed a case at the United Nations’ highest court on November 11 accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against Rakhine State’s Muslim minority, and asking the ICJ to urgently order measures “to stop Myanmar’s genocidal conduct immediately”.

Gambia filed the case on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

However, Myanmar sees the Rohingya issue in the internal security perspective. Besides, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor, and U Kyaw Tin, Minister of International Cooperation, said Rohingya issue is a high priority issue a briefing in Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday.

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will act as an agent, who will represent Myanmar in all aspect of the case before the ICJ and U Kyaw Tint Swe is appointed as alternate agent, the two ministers told the briefing.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which Myanmar declared as an extremist terrorist group, launched repeated attacks on police outposts in Rakhine state on August 25, 2017, displacing a vast number of residents to areas bordering Bangladesh.

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