World Court reports progress in its work to General Assembly

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Peter Tomka

The International Court of Justice is now able to hear cases brought before it faster since it has cleared its backlog of cases, according to its President, Peter Tomka.

Mr. Tomka on Thursday presented the annual report of the court to the UN General Assembly.

He said during the last 12 months, the court has continued to be "the forum of choice of the international community of states" for the peaceful settlement of disputes.

"The Court has made every effort to meet the expectations of the parties appearing before it in a timely manner. It should be emphasized once again in this regard that since the court has been able to clear its backlog of cases, states thinking of submitting cases to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations,  can be confident that as soon as they have completed their written exchanges, the court will move to the hearing stage without delay." (27")

The ICJ or World Court as it is also called, "settles legal disputes between States parties and gives advisory opinions to the United Nations and its specialized agencies"

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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