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Increase in ICJ work shows greater faith by members: Bhandari

Press Trust of India  |  The Hague 

The increase in work of the International of shows that various countries are reposing much greater confidence in the world court's functioning, Indian ICJ has said.

A reception in honour of Bhandari -- who was re- elected as ICJ recently for a fresh term from 2018-2026 -- was hosted by Venu Rajamony, India's to the yesterday at the iconic here, according to an official statement issued today.

Bhandari was re-elected in November to the International of with more than two-thirds of the UN members backing him, forcing to withdraw its candidate, in the hard-fought race to the world

During his address at the event, Bhandari conveyed gratitude for the wholehearted support received in the and emphasised on the need for greater mutual cooperation and goodwill with increased global interdependence.

He said the work of the court is increasing day by day which shows that member states are now reposing much greater confidence and faith in the functioning of the court than ever before, the statement by the said.

Bhandari urged all countries to make serious efforts in ensuring that peace is not disturbed in any part of the world and appealed to UN member nations to accelerate its efforts in ensuring peace and amity worldwide.

Rajamony on behalf of the government of thanked everybody for the overwhelming support extended to the candidature of Bhandari.

"The described this as reflection of the worldwide respect and affection for the Indian people and acknowledgement of as the largest democracy in the world with a sound Constitution and robust legal system which ensures justice for its 1.3 billion people in every nook and corner of the country," it said.

He said the personal credentials of Judge Bhandari and his qualities of head and heart also played a major role in his re-

Around 150 members of the diplomatic community in the including Rabin Baldewsingh, of the City of The Hague, Marten Van den Berg, Director General, of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of various countries stationed in The Hague and prominent members of the Indian community attended the reception.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 19:15 IST