The ICJ did not accept the military council's request for an extension of time to resolve the Rohingya issue
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has refused to accept the military council's request for more time in regard to resolving the allegations of genocide against the Rohingyas filed by the Gambia.
Regarding Gambia's accusations, Myanmar's objections must be submitted on the 24th of this month, but the military council wanted to submit them only in February of next year.
The ICJ did not accept such a request for a ten-month extension and only extended it by one month.
The ICJ statement said that among the military council's reasons for requesting a ten-month extension, there was one being not having insufficient time to translate the Gambia's accusations into Myanmar.
In addition, the military council explained that the reason for them having to ask for more time is due to the current internal situation and planning to call the Rohingya who are on the Bangladesh side as witnesses.
The Gambia, which charged the Myanmar military council with the genocide, objects to the military council's reasons and points out that it has had more than two years to prepare after the ICJ issued its interim order, the ICJ statement said.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an interim order in 2020 regarding the genocide charges against Myanmar.
During the NLD government, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself went to the ICJ to settle the case, and the military council led by a group led by U Ko Ko Hlaing, who has been appointed as the current minister, also tried to settle the case in February of last year.
While the accusation of genocide against the Rohingya is still being dealt with in the ICJ, the military council is also making arrangements to repatriate the Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh.