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Estonia Sees International Criminal Court as Measure for Preventing New Crimes Against Humanity

13.12.2011

No. 410-E

At his meeting in New York yesterday with current Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno Ocampo and the newly chosen next prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia has been a supporter of the ICC since its inception. “We have also created the position of a special representative for ICC affairs, which will allow Tiina Intelmann to fully dedicate herself to leading the ICC Assembly of States Parties for the next three years,” said Paet.

Paet noted that the regular functioning of the court is supported by the efficient co-operation of the states and high-level political and diplomatic support. “Therefore we support the creation of an ICC support group at the level of the ministers of justice and foreign affairs, which would be the best way to co-ordinate diplomatic and political support for the court’s activities,” Paet said. He confirmed Estonia’s readiness to participate in such a group.

At the meeting all three parties agreed that the court should not be viewed as solely a legal institution. “In the long-term perspective, the work of the court will help to prevent new crimes against humanity from being committed and help to reduce the occurrence of crimes going unpunished,” said Paet. “The court can also have a positive influence on states’ political landscapes, eliminating the opportunity for individuals accused of crimes to participate in political or community life,” he added.

Photos from the meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry

 

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