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House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic assistance they will offer to Kenya and Sudan as regards their dispute over the recent Kenyan High Court ruling on alleged crimes in Darfur.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We are a long-term supporter of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as an independent body which plays a key role in ensuring that those who have committed the most serious of international crimes are held to account for their actions. The UK has not offered diplomatic assistance to Kenya and Sudan in regards to the recent ruling by the Kenyan High Court obliging the Kenyan Government to execute the ICC arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar El Bashir should he visit the country. The UK looks to all countries to assist the work of the International Criminal Court, but State Parties to the Rome Statute have a special responsibility to set an example by full compliance with their obligations.

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