Check Against Delivery
I would like to make the following statement today on behalf of the ten Members of the Security Council that are States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Kingdom):
We as States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) welcome the recent arrest, surrender and transfer to the ICC of Mr. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”). Mr. Kushayb is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan). This is a very significant development to advance justice for the victims in Darfur, a situation which was referred to the ICC by the Security Council 15 years ago.
In that regard, we congratulate the authorities of the Central African Republic, France, Chad, as well as the leaders of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the authorities of the host State of the ICC, the Netherlands, for their support to the Court and cooperation .
We would also like to use the opportunity of today’s briefing of the ICC Prosecutor to the United Nations Security Council to reconfirm our unwavering support for the Court as an independent and impartial judicial institution.
We reiterate our commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Rome Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any threats against the Court, its officials and those cooperating with it.
Finally, we renew our resolve to stand united against impunity which is at the core of the Rome Statute.