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Fiji supports Israel ahead of its crucial presentation at the ICJ on Feb 26

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Ahead of its crucial intended presentation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on February 26 Fiji questions the authority of the top UN court on deciding on matters that should follow already established legally binding agreements in relation to Israel-Palestine conflict.

“Among other countries, Fiji also made a written submission in 2023. Of the 57 countries that opted to make oral presentations, 11 countries including Fiji, are concerned with the abuse of the ICJ on matters that should follow already established legally binding agreements and processes that were agreed to by the parties and endorsed at the international level,” says the Fiji government.

“In the same vein, there are legally binding agreements and agreed processes for the Israel-Palestinian issue,” it added.

Fiji’s intended presentation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague specifically responds to the December 2022 United Nations General Assembly Resolution 77/247 entitled “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

The resolution was adopted well before the Hamas assault on Israel on 7th October 2023.

“Fiji underscores the importance of maintaining and upholding existing and binding legal framework including those established specifically to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” it said further.

Fiji strongly oppose the ICJ involvement calling it to be setting a precedence for other ongoing conflicts.

“An Advisory Opinion on the legal consequences of the alleged infringements of international law touches the core of the ongoing conflict and requires the Court to settle law in relation to the whole conflict. Fiji is therefore concerned that the current case sets a precedence, for other ongoing conflicts that maybe referred to the Court, thereby undermining the Courts integrity,” it cautioned.

It underscored that “the Court must not be used as a political playground to assert long-held presumptions and biases, and in the course of doing so, misusing international law, against its intended purpose.”

“In upholding its principled positions on matters that impact our core values, Fiji will continue to stand for what is right for the dignity of humankind,” it added further.

The International Court of Justice will hold public hearings on the request for an advisory opinion in respect of the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, from 19 to 26 February 2024 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the Court. Fifty-two States and three international organizations have expressed their intention to participate in the oral proceedings before the Court.

 

 

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