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ICC member states adopt draft on crime of aggression

States signatory to the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) on late Friday adopted the definition of the crime of aggression which leaves the exclusive right of determination to the UN Security Council.

The ICC prosecutor, however, has the right to initiate an investigation if the Security Council failed to make a determination on a reported act of aggression, which is seen as a compromise of the divided member states on the role of the Security Council.

The draft was adopted on consensus built almost at the last minute following intensified negotiations between member states and observers.

[Source: Xinhua, Kampala, 11Jun10]

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