State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivers statement at ICJ in connection with lawsuit filed by Gambia

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivers the statement at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands, on 11 December. Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivers the statement at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands, on 11 December. Photo: MNA

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) held the second day of oral hearings on the application submitted by The Gambia. The State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs appeared as Agent for Myanmar and delivered the oral presentation at 10 am today at The Hague, the Netherlands. The Gambia presented its oral arguments on the first day of oral observations on 10 December 2019.
The full text of the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement is published separately. At the oral observations, the counsels and advocates for Myanmar presented the following oral arguments: Professor William Schabas argued on the lack of a plausible claim; Dr. Christopher Staker argued the lack of prima facie jurisdiction of the court, the lack of prima facie standing of The Gambia, and inappropriateness of the provisional measures requested; and Professor Phoebe Okowa argued on the lack of real and imminent risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights in dispute.
Also in attendance at the oral observations were U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor and U Kyaw Tin, the Union Minister for International Cooperation; Myanmar Ambassador to the Kingdoms of Belgium and the Netherlands U Soe Lynn Han; Myanmar delegates; local and foreign legal experts and their assistants.
Today was the first day of oral observations for Myanmar. Myanmar nationals and expatriates residing in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries gathered in front of the ICJ in a show of support for the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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