South Africa (South Africa) has applied for the termination of cooperation with the International criminal court (ICC), reports Reuters. The document, according to which the country is not under the jurisdiction of the ICC, signed by the Minister of foreign Affairs and cooperation of South Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
“South Africa considers its commitments to a peaceful resolution of conflicts is incompatible with the interpretation given by the ICC,” reads the document, which is quoted by TASS.
South Africa is “committed to fight impunity and bring all perpetrators of atrocities and international crimes, to justice, and also as one of the founders of the African Union, it is seeking compliance with international human rights and peaceful resolution of conflicts on the African continent,” according to the statement.
“In a complex and multifaceted process of peace negotiations and in post-conflict situations peace and justice should be seen as complementary and not mutually exclusive items,” said in South Africa.
Meanwhile, the UN representative refused to confirm the Agency’s receipt of the document, which was signed on 19 October.
A year ago, South African authorities announced the intention to withdraw from the operation of the ICC after the government was criticized for ignoring the court’s decision, resolved to arrest the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, when he was in South Africa. The head of state accused of genocide and war crimes.
On 18 October about his withdrawal from the jurisdiction of the ICC, said another African country, Burundi.