Muscat – Oman has expressed its support for the decisions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and called on all member states to uphold the efforts it is exerting within the framework of its jurisdiction, in a manner that contributes to maintaining international peace and security.
The comments were made at the United Nations’ General Assembly, during a day-long debate on the work of ICJ on October 28, which marked its 75th anniversary in 2021.
Diplomat Hazaa Mohammed al Reesi of Oman’s mission at the UN highlighted the sultanate’s supportive attitude, emphasising its commitment to the provisions of international law and the principles of the United Nations Charter, which supports the strengthening of relationship between the various UN organs, especially ICJ as its main judicial apparatus.
Also on the day, more than 40 speakers took the rostrum for the assembly’s review of the ICJ annual report, which covers the period of August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2021, with many delegations emphasising that the court’s growing and diversified caseload reflects its status as an internationally respected lynchpin of the rules-based multilateral system.
Joan E Donoghue, president of ICJ, said its docket remained full throughout the reporting period with 15 contentious cases currently on its list, involving states from around the world and touching on a wide range of issues. “These included territorial and maritime delimitation, reparations for internationally wrongful acts and alleged violations of bilateral and multilateral treaties concerning, among other things, diplomatic relations and eliminating racial discrimination.”
Speaking on behalf of Nordic countries, Finland’s delegate called for a better gender balance in the court. “The submission of a dispute to the court should not be regarded as an unfriendly act,” she continued, adding: “It is rather an act to fulfil the obligation of all states to settle their disputes peacefully.”