Recognize US won't accept ICC, EU foreign policy head says

[JURIST] EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana [official website] said Wednesday that the European Union [official website] should recognize that the US will never accept the International Criminal Court [official website] and should seek a practical solution to the problem. Saying, "I don't think we're going to make any progress. The sentiments are very profound in the United States" Solana indicated that "Maybe it is better not to keep on trying but to try to establish a modus vivendi, knowing that this is not going to be a possibility for the United States, for any president of the United States to change the position." US opposition to the ICC [State Department fact sheet] focuses on the desire to avoid prosecution of US citizens, including US military serving abroad. The EU has maintained its strong support of the ICC [EU foreign policy overview] with a 2003 common position on the ICC [PDF text] and a follow-up action plan [PDF text]. US-EU disagreement on the ICC has most recently emerged in the debate over war crimes trials arising from the Darfur crisis in Sudan. The EU supports a UN proposal to try Sudanese war criminals at the ICC [JURIST report; UN proposal - PDF text], but the US has called for the creation of a special court [JURIST report] to handle the cases. Reuters has more.

 

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