European Union Document
Human rights May 6/05/99 B4-0466, 0469, 0476, 0483, 0498 and 0501/99 Resolution on the ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court The European Parliament, - having regard to its earlier resolutions on the International Criminal Court, A. whereas on 18 July 1998 the Rome Diplomatic Conference adopted the Statute of the Permanent International Criminal Court, B. whereas the establishment of the International Criminal Court requires the Statute to be ratified by at least 60 countries, C. whereas to date 82 countries have signed the Statute but only three countries - Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago and San Marino - have also ratified it, D. whereas it is of the greatest importance for the establishment of an effective, safe international court of law for the International Criminal Court to be instituted and for it to become operational as early as possible and, at any event, by the end of the year 2000, E. having warmly welcomed the statements made by the German Presidency to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva expressing the Union's wish for strong commitment to ratification and the rapid establishment of the International Criminal Court, F. whereas in some of the Union's Member States, particularly Italy, France, Belgium and Finland, substantial progress has already been made in the process of ratifying the Statute of the International Criminal Court, although to date none of the EU Member States has ratified the Statute, 1. Congratulates the Governments and Parliaments of Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago and San Marino on already having ratified the Statute of the International Criminal Court; 2. Reiterates its urgent call to the Governments and Parliaments of the Member States to make every possible effort to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court; 3. Recommends the Member States not to make use of the 'opt out' (Article 124) whereby they may exclude war crimes from the jurisdiction of the Court for an interim period of seven years; 4. Urges the Council to take all necessary steps to ensure that the Parliaments of the Union's 15 Member States are able to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court as soon as possible; 5. Calls on the Commission, the Council and the Member States to promote early ratification of the Statute by each of the applicant states; 6. Calls on the Council and the Commission to make signing and/or ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court an essential negotiating point in concluding future agreements with third countries; 7. Calls on the Council and the Commission to do everything in their power to ensure that third countries which are linked to the Union by Association or Cooperation Agreements sign and/or ratify the Statute; 8. Calls on the Council and the Commission to make ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court by at least 60 countries by the end of the year 2000 a political objective of the Union and calls on the Council to ensure that this objective is discussed at the forthcoming Cologne European Council on 3 and 4 June, so that the Union can assume an active, determining role at the Preparatory Committees in July and next autumn; 9. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Member State Parliaments and the UN Secretary-General.
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