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Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Eddie McGrady Eddie McGrady Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the International Criminal Court regarding human rights abuses as a result of the on-going conflict in the middle east; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will enter into force on 1 July 2002. The Court, which will formally come into existence on that date, will have no powers to investigate crimes retrospectively.

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