Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis: The crime of aggression is a primary source of evil and violations of international law from which many others emerge, thus only a Special Tribunal can fill the existing gaps in the law
On 5-10 December, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court holds its twenty-first session in The Hague, the Netherlands.
It brought together representatives from 123 states parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and observers from some invited states. During the session, a general debate takes place, as well as the consideration and approval of the budget for the next financial year, the consideration of annual reports, and consultations on various issues of international cooperation.
“The crime of aggression is a primary source of evil and violations of international law from which many others emerge. Thus, only a Special Tribunal can fill the existing gaps in the law,” Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis noted in his statement prerecorded in Kyiv. Landsbergis also emphasised the Court’s unique role in investigating war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, the international community must spare no effort to ensure full accountability for Russian and Belarusian political and military leaders.
“World peace will be an impossible dream if major political and military leaders and initiators of aggression against Ukraine escape justice and go unpunished. This would only encourage Russia and other aggressors to undermine the rules-based international order and would pose a greater threat to all of us,” Landsbergis said.