Myanmar has said it takes note of the International Court of Justice's order to take urgent measures to protect its Rohingya population from genocide.
"The Government of Myanmar takes note of today’s decision by the International Court of Justice on ‘provisional measures’ in the case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar," said a Myanmar foreign ministry statement received in Dhaka on Thursday (Jan 23).
It said Myanmar has appeared before the Court in this case to assist the honourable Judges to make the correct factual findings on the proposition made by The Gambia that genocide occurred in Rakhine State in 2016-17.
As concluded by Myanmar's Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) in its recent report, there has been no genocide in Rakhine, reads the statement.
The Commission found that war crimes had occurred, and those are now being investigated and prosecuted by Myanmar’s national criminal justice system, it added.
It is important for Myanmar that the Court reaches a factually correct decision on the merits of the case.
"The unsubstantiated condemnation of Myanmar by some human rights actors has presented a distorted picture of the situation in Rakhine and affected Myanmar’s bilateral relations with several countries. This has hampered Myanmar's ability to lay the foundation for sustainable development in Rakhine," said the statement.
More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar after a military-led crackdown in 2017 and were forced into squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh. U.N. investigators concluded that the military campaign had been executed with "genocidal intent".