WRAP Adds UN Comment to US President comments on US ICC veto

Gepubliceerd op 21 jul. 2015

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1. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W Bush, US President
“The International Criminal Court is troubling to the United States, it’s troubling to the administration and obviously troubling to the United states Senate as well. President Clinton signed this treaty, but when he signed it he said it should not be submitted to the Senate and therefore never has been. And I don’t intend to submit it either because as the United States works to bring peace around the world our diplomats or our soldiers could be drawn into this court. That’s very troubling, it’s very troubling to me and we’ll try to work out the impasse at the United Nations, but one thing we’re not going to do is sign on to the International Criminal Court. (Q Are current laws sufficient to prosecute CEO’s in corporate cases?) I will make a statement at the appropriate time. (Q How should Americans celebrate the 4th July?) They should celebrate heartily because we have freedom and we love freedom. And they should also know that the government is doing everything it can to make the homelands secure. People ought to be joyous in their celebration and celebrate the fact that we’re fortunate enough to be Americans. I’m going to do that in West Virginia.”
2. Bush leaving

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3. Wide of United Nations headquarters, New York
4. Various of press conference
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to United Nations & President of Security Council (for July):
“I think the council is remaining perfectly calm on this issue, it recognises there are differences, there are concerns. There are concerns which, if I may speak from the UK point of view, are legitimate to address on the part of the United States – but the majority of the council members believe there are arrangements under the ICC statute which do indeed deal with those concerns. But there needs to be way forward, because the UN has to operate. The United States has said consistently that it does not wish to do any damage to UN peacekeeping operations and therefore there are going on now – in the corridors here and in and between capitals – discussions to see what the options may be for easing the problem before midnight tomorrow.”
6. Wide exterior UN headquarters

STORYLINE:

U-S President George W Bush says his administration will work with America’s allies to end a stalemate over the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is jeopardising the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. But he insists the U-S won’t ratify the I-C-C treaty.

The United States faces criticism from across the globe for threatening to end United Nations peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and elsewhere unless U-S peacekeepers are exempt from prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

More than 100 countries celebrated the inauguration of the I-C-C on Monday as a milestone for global justice and vowed not to let U-S opposition sabotage the tribunal’s mission to deter and prosecute war criminals.

The U-S government claims the court would put American soldiers and civilians at risk of prosecution under laws that are outside America’s control, and that the court has the potential to violate U-S sovereignty.

Bush, speaking to reporters in Milwaukee on Tuesday, also addressed concerns about possible terrorist attacks over the July 4 holiday.

The U-S president said people should continue with plans to celebrate American independence day and that the government was working to protect national security.

Reacting to the impasse Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to United Nations said a way should be found to resolve to issue so the U-N can work adequetely.

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