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International Criminal Court

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he has taken of the scope of US federal law in deciding whether to conclude a bilateral Article 98 treaty relating to the International Criminal Court. [98386]

In considering such an Agreement, we shall be guided by the Principles agreed by EU Foreign Ministers on 30 September 2002.The Principles envisage that an Agreement will include appropriate operative provisions ensuring that persons who have committed crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC do not enjoy impunity. Such provisions should ensure appropriate investigation and—where there is sufficient evidence—prosecution by the US authorities of persons requested by the ICC.