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International Criminal Law

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in securing an internationally agreed definition of the crime of aggression; what the Government's proposed definition is; and if he will make a statement. (307787)

A Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression concluded its work on 13 February 2009. The report is available at:

http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/asp_docs/ICC-ASP-7-20-Add.1-SWGCA%20English.pdf

It includes proposals on the definition of the crime of aggression, with which the UK is generally content, as well as on the conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction over the crime. The proposals on the latter issue include a number of options. The proposals will now be considered at the Review Conference of the International Criminal Court to be held in Kampala in 2010. The Government continue to believe that any proposals must be consistent with the Charter of the UN and in particular with the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security.

We have no plans at present to make a further statement.