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US will deny aid to countries that refuse court immunity deals

The United States aims to secure agreements “with every country in the world” guaranteeing immunity for its citizens from any prosecution from the new International Criminal Court (ICC), and will cut off military aid to countries which do not comply. In an uncompromising defence of Washington’s decision to shun the court, Under Secretary of State John Bolton announced yesterday that the US has already reached so-called Article 98 exemption agreements, under the Rome statutes setting up the ICC, with 70 countries; 50 of them among the ICC’s 90 signatories. Speaking at the conservative thinktank, the American Enterprise Institute, Mr Bolton also accused the European Union of imposing an “unfair choice” on aspirant members by insisting they do nothing to weaken the authority of the ICC. This made it harder for these countries to reach exemption deals with the US, he complained. Full Story

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