Ramallah, MINA – Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki on Sunday criticized the efforts of the United States (US) government that intimidated and hindered the implementation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation.
“The threat was presented in September by US National Security Advisor, John Bolton who stated that they would ban the entry of ICC personnel,” Malki said in a statement.
Malki reiterated that he deeply regretted the US efforts. He even mentioned that Uncle Sam’s actions were outrageous because they carried out acts of intimidation, coercion and obstruction of the investigation into the institution based in Hague, Netherlands.
The ICC was formed to try war crimes that occurred on or after the date of establishment of the institution. The ICC itself was established by the UN Security Council based on article VII of the Charter of the United Nations under the international order to ensure accountability for crimes.
“As a result of its independence and integrity, there have been no punitive actions against the Court, officials and those working together prevented the proceedings of the ICC investigation for the victims,” Malki said.
“Palestine is not afraid of its commitment to uphold and maintain the principles and values set out in the Rome Statute and to maintain its integrity,” he added.
Malki stressed that Palestine continues to support efforts to fight against all forms of crime and ensure that the ICC is able to fulfill its mandate in the service of justice. (T/Sj/R04)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)