Minister for Foreign Affairs welcomes agreement in New York on UN Peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Brian Cowen T.D., has warmly welcomed tonight's renewal by the United Nations Security Council of the mandate for the UN Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (UNMIBH).
Speaking tonight, the Minister said,
"I warmly welcome the agreement reached this evening in New York on the renewal of the mandate of UNMIBH. This ensures continuation of the valuable contribution to peacekeeping of the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and of SFOR (Stabilisation Force) in implementation of the Dayton Agreements.
I am also pleased that it has been possible to find an agreement which respects the international obligations of Ireland and other States party to the Statute of the International Criminal Court and accommodates the concerns of the United States in respect of the Court's jurisdiction."
Note for Editors.
The renewal of the mandate of UNMIBH was delayed for three weeks when the US raised concerns regarding the Court's claim to jurisdiction over nationals of States not party to the Statute of the International Criminal Court. The US had proposed that text conferring immunity from arrest, detention and prosecution with respect to all acts arising out of such operations be included in the UNMIBH resolution or adopted as a generic text. Following intensive negotiations, a generic text was adopted today which was satisfactory both to the US and to members of the Council, including Ireland, who remain committed to safeguard the authority and jurisdiction of the Court.