Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

International court says it is undeterred after US sanctions threat

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem
Faye Gross | 12 September, 2018, 05:18

Her remarks followed reports that President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, in a speech he is set to deliver on Monday, will threaten ICC officials with financial sanctions and travel bans if they pursue probes targeting the usa or Israel, and address the closure of the PLO office.

Bolton made the announcement in a speech to the Federalist Society, in Washington, DC, on Monday.

She also said the closure decision was consistent with US concerns about Palestinian attempts to prompt an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court.

Amnesty International official Adotei Akwei immediately rebuked the USA position, saying its rejection of the ICC's legitimacy "is an attack on millions of victims and survivors who have experienced the most serious crimes under international law and undermines decades of groundbreaking work by the international community to advance justice". We will provide no assistance to the ICC.

The US, which has been critical of the ICC since it was established, is among dozens of nations not to have joined the court. "We will not cooperate with the ICC".

Bolton said the U.S. remained committed to negotiating a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States has not signed up to the court and in 2002 Congress passed a law technically enabling Washington to invade the Netherlands to liberate any USA citizen, should they be held by the court. "The United States supports a direct and robust peace process, and we will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel's right to self-defense".

The PLO office in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel", Bolton said.

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In the past year, ICC has shown signs of being willing to bring cases against the United States for possible war crimes.

Meanwhile, late last month the USA announced it is permanently cutting funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or Unrwa, a primary source of Palestinian financial support for decades.

Following Bolton's remarks, the ICC said that would continue its work as an independent and impartial institution, backed by 123 countries.

"The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel", he is planned to add.

The court angered the United States by revealing it wanted to investigate American servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.

Among other potential repercussions, Bolton threatened to pursue sanctions against ICC officials if the court moves forward with investigations into United States citizens. He also announced on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.

"At President Bush's direction, we next launched a global diplomatic campaign to protect Americans from being delivered into the ICC's hands".

The latest submission came a day after the United States confirmed it would close the PLO's office in Washington, the highest Palestinian representation in the country, amid worsening relations between the two.

"The U.S. would do better to finally understand that the Palestinians will not surrender and that no amount of coercion or unwarranted collective punitive measures will bring the Palestinian leadership or people to their knees", PLO executive committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement. Bush's Democratic successor, Barack Obama, took some steps to cooperate with it.

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