Ukraine will ask the International Court for a ruling to oblige Russia to respect the rights of Crimean Tatars

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During the next session of the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague Ukraine will ask to oblige Russia to withdraw heavy military hardware from Donbass and to ensure that the border control is provided, as well as to respect the rights of the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian population in Crimea.

This was announced by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olena Zerkal due to the results of the first day of hearings.

“First of all we ask to oblige Russia to be in compliance with two International Conventions, and in this regard to ensure the border control, to withdraw all Russian military hardware from the so-called LPR and DPR and to ensure that these terrorist organizations controlled by Russia would stop committing terrorist acts by using the hardware. In addition, we ask that the rights of the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian population in Crimea must be observed,” said Zerkal.

According to the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, it is reasonable to expect a positive decision of the court thereon. “We do not ask for anything extra that goes beyond the bounds of the competence of the Court and we do not ask for anything that falls outside of the responsibility of a Country-Signatory to these Conventions,” she added.

On March 6 the UN International Court began hearings on the lawsuit of Ukraine on violation by Russia of the provisions of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The hearings, which will be held on March 6-9, began with the introductory word of the Ukrainian party. The Russian party will be heard on March 7 and 9, and the Ukrainian one again on March 8.

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