Levits repeats call for international Russia war crime tribunal

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On January 18, in Davos, Switzerland, Latvian President Egils Levits repeated his belief that an international tribunal should be constituted to weigh Russia's war crimes in Ukraine.

President Levits visited the 'House of Ukraine' in Davos, which was created to draw attention to Russia's aggression and numerous atrocities in Ukraine. The President expressed his condolences to the relatives of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denis Monatsirsky and the other victims who died this morning in a helicopter crash in Ukraine.

During the visit, the President took part in a conversation on the creation of a special international tribunal to investigate Russia's aggression in Ukraine. The President stated that such a tribunal is necessary because Ukraine and the whole world deserve justice.

"Impunity for committing such crimes is unacceptable, as it would mean weakening the standard of international law, which currently prohibits such wars of aggression. Therefore, it is necessary to create a special tribunal. Moreover, it must be done without undue delay. The countries of the European Union must first reach a unified position on this issue," said Levits.

Panelists in a discussion, in which President Levits participated, also noted that after the war, Russia will have to compensate Ukraine for damages and pay reparations. 

"The Special Tribunal, together with other international partners, could be part of an international mechanism that would determine reparations. The special tribunal could be established on the basis of a resolution of the UN General Assembly or some other international organization , or a group of like-minded countries," said the President.

Ukraine House in Davos, 2023
Ukraine House in Davos, 2023

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