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Foreign Ministry expresses concern over Johnson's remarks on ICC investigation

Foreign Ministry expresses concern over Johnson's remarks on ICC investigation

RAMALLAH, Thursday, April 15, 2021 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said today it was following with great concern the letter by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the "Conservative Friends of Israel" objecting to the International Criminal Court's independent investigation into the Situation in the State of Palestine.

"The letter of UK Prime Minister politicizes an independent investigation of the Court, risks the integrity and impartiality of the British nationals serving at the highest positions in the Court, and undermines the pursuit of international justice and the Court's mandate," said the Foreign Ministry in a statement. 

The statement added, "As a State Party to the Rome Statute, the United Kingdom is obligated to respect and safeguard the judicial and prosecutorial independence of the Court, including the ongoing investigation into Israeli crimes in the State of Palestine."

The Foreign Ministry said it has therefore found it "difficult to reconcile the misplaced promises made by the Prime Minister in the statement to "reform" or "strengthen" the Court with his Government's attempts to undermine and intervene the Court's work."

"In fact, this letter reveals the Prime Minister's outright contempt for the Court, the international order, rules, principles, and values," added the Foreign Ministry.   

The Foreign Ministry continued, "This unprecedented political reference is a grave threat to the independence and impartiality of the Court and intended to divert the Court from investigating British nationals and its allies. The State of Palestine recalls that Judges and the Prosecutor are independent and must be able to pursue justice and fulfill their mandate in accordance with the Rome Statute without undue pressure from States." 

"Attempts to undermine Palestinian statehood or the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination are objectionable remaining vestiges of colonialism. The State of Palestine is a legal and a political fact that can neither be ignored nor denied any longer."

The statement concluded, "This is particularly true when it comes to the United Kingdom and its historical responsibility towards the Question of Palestine and the Palestinian people. Governments that remain in denial on this issue are advised to move over to right side of history."


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