Irish Government will 'consider' joining genocide case against Israel after preliminary stage

Michael Martin, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

© APA | Michael Martin, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

# 22 January 2024 15:10 (UTC +04:00)

Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Michael Martin said that Ireland is considering joining South Africa's complaint against Israel in the Gaza genocide case once it has passed the initial stages, APA reports citing WAFA.

Martin said in an interview with the RTA radio network, that "We are studying South Africa's complaint with the utmost seriousness, and since these judicial procedures take years to resolve, we must in the meantime focus on achieving a ceasefire."

"What South Africa is seeking is exactly what we were seeking: an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid to Gaza," he stated.

Martin added that Ireland submitted legal documents on the occupation of parts of the West Bank to the International Court of Justice, and allocated three million euros in additional funding to this court to strengthen its investigations into war crimes.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that he intends to take measures at the European Union level with the aim of "putting stronger pressure on Israel to stop its operations."

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