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International Criminal Court

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 5 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in negotiating a bilateral treaty for impunity from the International Criminal Court for American nationals, he has sought assurances from the United States that an American suspected of war crimes would be prosecuted in the United States for the full range of war crimes specified in the Rome Statute; and if he will make a statement. [116908]

There have been no negotiations on a bilateral non-surrender (to the ICC) Agreement with the US since officials met for preliminary discussion on 17 October 2002. In the course of those discussions, it was explained that before entering into any such agreement, the UK would need assurances that inter alia US courts have jurisdiction over all crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC as defined in the Statute.