China on Thursday defended the order of the Hague International Court of Justice (ICJ) against a majority order in Russia to immediately suspend its military operations in Ukraine, and four other judges also expressed “differing opinions.”
The ICJ decided on Wednesday that Russia would “immediately suspend the military operations that began on February 24.”
The order was approved by a 13: 2 vote, with Russian Vice President Kirill Gevorgian and Chinese Judge Xue Hanqin opposing it.
This is the first ruling by a world court after Russia’s military action in Ukraine; In response to a complaint filed by Ukraine on February 27, the UN News has accused Russia of “manipulating the concept of genocide to justify its military attack.”
In a tweet shortly after the verdict, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the majority’s decision “fully reinforces my repeated appeals for peace.”
Asked about his reaction to the verdict, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told the media here on Thursday that “the judges of the court performed their duty independently. I will not comment on that.”
“In fact, in addition to the Russian and Chinese judges, four other judges also made separate statements or opinions about the verdict,” he said.
“Some have explicitly stated that they accept interim measures based on the current situation and the suffering of the Ukrainian people, but disagree on the jurisprudence,” Zhao said, adding that China supports efforts to resolve Russia and Ukraine. through dialogue and negotiation.
“We support the international community in playing a positive role in a peaceful solution. All parties must avoid adding complicated factors to the issue,” he said.
The Chinese media have not been informed of the ICJ verdict. Chinese Judge Xue Hanqin, who served in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has been a member of the ICJ since June 2010 and was re-elected in 2021.
In 2019, Xue surprised the majority of the ICJ’s 15 judges by voting on Kulbhushan Jadhav, calling for Pakistani Jadhav’s conviction and “effective review and review” of the sentence and also providing consular access to India. further delay.
The verdict was handed down 15-1 by a lone Pakistani judge with dissent, marking the complete isolation of Pakistan in a significant political dispute. Mr Jadhav, a retired Indian Army officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military tribunal on April 2017 for espionage and terrorism.
Xue, 66, who studied law at Peking University and Columbia University School of Law, has been a member of the Chinese Foreign Ministry since 1980.
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