WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States has made good on its threat to punish countries that have not signed an agreement exempting American military and other personnel from prosecution in the International Criminal Court, declaring some 50 countries ineligible for U.S. military aid.
The countries include Colombia and six nations scheduled to become NATO members next year: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Those countries that recognize the ICC and have not signed an "Article 98 agreement" by Tuesday's deadline now face a cut in military training funds and help with arms purchases from the United States.
Say no more .
I think the friendly part is over. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif
07-02-2003, 02:16 PM
From the same story:
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote CNN:</font><hr>Several countries, including all NATO allies, are exempt from the new regulations, as are what the U.S. considers "major non-NATO allies": Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand and South Korea.
U.S. President George W. Bush has issued waivers for 22 others, some of which have signed, but not ratified, an agreement.
Under the new legislation countries that are parties to the ICC, but have signed an article 98 agreement, still need a waiver to avoid a cut in funding. Gabon, Gambia, Mongolia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Tajikistan are parties to the court, but were given a waiver by President Bush.
Afghanistan, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Ghana, Honduras, Romania, Albania, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Macedonia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Panama, and Uganda received temporary waivers for having signed, but not yet ratified the article 98 agreement with the U.S.
Since the treaty setting up the court was passed last year, other countries that have signed public Article 98 agreements with the Bush administration protecting U.S. personnel from the court are Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Georgia, India, Israel, Madagascar, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palau, the Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Uzbekistan.
At least seven other governments have signed agreements but have asked not to have them publicized. Several other countries have not signed agreements but have verbally agreed not to hand over U.S. personnel to the court for prosecution. <hr /></blockquote>
GOOD! Why the hell should we give military aid to countries that don't support our policies?
We have already seen examples of how the ICC will be used to make political statements against the US, when they attempted to bring charges against GW, Rummy, and Powell earlier this year.
How many venues does the world need to enforce international law?
What authority do you think this court will have?
How will they enforce their judgements?
Should anyone in the world be allowed to bring trumped up charges in the ICC anytime they disagree with another country?
07-02-2003, 05:57 PM
Qtec, are you Ducth or French?
Netherland Government web page (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3204.htm) [ QUOTE ]
The United States is the largest investor in the Netherlands with direct investment of $79 billion. There are more than 1,600 U.S. companies with subsidiaries or offices in the Netherlands. The Dutch are strong proponents of free trade and the staunchest allies of the U.S. in international fora such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the OECD.
I,m from 'Bonnie Scotland".
07-02-2003, 06:56 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> I,m from 'Bonnie Scotland".
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Then it should be "Angus McQtec" /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
My favourite, CYBER HAGGIS. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
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