Sydney (Australia), June 30 (EFE) .- New Zealand on Thursday said it would join kyiv in its case against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
The New Zealand government has formally backed Ukraine’s position, accusing Russia of “badly justifying” the genocide conference, which Moscow qualifies as a “special military mission.”
New Zealand officials have indicated their intention is to take part in the process of preserving the correct interpretation of the genocide, and that conflicts between nations should be resolved “peacefully, not through the use of force.”
“We are deeply concerned about the loss of life and human suffering in Ukraine caused by (Russian President Vladimir Putin)’s illegal invasion,” said New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahuta.
“Aotearoa New Zealand is ready to assist Ukraine and has already done so through a series of diplomatic, military and economic activities,” Mahuda added.
After the invasion in February, Kyiv complained to the ICJ that Russia had misunderstood the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, an agreement signed between the two countries.
The Ukrainian government has argued that Moscow has falsely justified its invasion of Ukraine on the basis of the genocide of Russian-speaking people in the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Kiev categorically denies.
Last March, the court ordered an immediate halt to the Russian invasion, but Moscow ignored the order, which was restrictive, but there was no police or military force to enforce it. EFE
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