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October 1, 2020

Romania examines how to accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice

FM Corlatean announced at the UN General Assembly, New York.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean, said at the UN General Assembly, that at the moment, the Romanian authorities look at how to accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the sectors to be included in this area, according to a release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Corlatean attended on Wednesday the ministerial meeting “100 years since the creation of the Peace Palace: Advancing the framework of peaceful resolution of disputes”, hosted by Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the sidelines of the opening of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
In his intervention, the Romanian diplomat reminded that Romania has participated at the proceedings in front of the International Court of Justice, including at the bilateral dispute finalized by the Court’s decision in 2009 on the delimitation of the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zones between Romania and Ukraine.
“The public debates have revealed the general support, shared including by the experts in the field, for the Romania’s initiative of accepting the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court. Currently, the Romanian authorities examine how to accept the jurisdiction,” Corlatean said, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.
Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister also attended an event on Wednesday celebrating the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and Action Plan of the World Human Rights Conference in Vienna, in 1993. In his address, Minister Corlatean underscored the importance the passage of this act had for the protection and promotion of human rights. He added that one of the most important achievements of the Vienna World Conference was the setting up of the position of High Commissioner for human rights protection and promotion. ”Romania has always acted towards promoting the respect for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and defending its independence,” the release quotes the minister as saying.
Titus Corlatean said, at the same time, in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly Special Event on Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), that Romania will provide, through its program of official assistance for development in the upcoming period, until 2015, under the Support for a democratic transition chapter, assistance for agriculture and a sustainable development in the context of climate change, for environmental protection and for activities in the field of health and education.
Meeting with CTBTO Secretary General
The Romanian head of diplomacy had a meeting with Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), in the margin of his participation in the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. According to a MAE press release, Corlatean assured Zerbo that Romania would continue the good cooperation with the Provisional Technical Secretariat of CTBTO, as part of the shared efforts aimed at universalization of the Treaty and at facilitating its entry into force. The two high officials reiterated the importance and necessity of the CTBT entering into force without delay, while also hailing the constant progress the CTBTO Preparatory Commission has made so far in the drive to have an efficient international system in place to verify the application of the Treaty.

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