EU reps ask govt to ratify Rome Statute

Kathmandu, November 8:

The European Union (EU) representatives in Kathmandu today urged the government to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as soon as possible.

The EU representatives met with foreign secretary Gyan Chandra Acharya today to encourage the Government of Nepal to ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC, a EU statement issued here today said.

“The EU fully supports the ICC, which was established in 2002 to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,” the EU said adding that it is committed to working with international partners to prevent such crimes and putting an end to impunity.

“The EU urges the government to now make final arrangements to accede to the Rome Statute as soon as possible,” Paul Bute, Charge d’Affairs of the British Embassy said.

The statement said the EU welcomes the unanimous vote in the parliament to urge the government to accede to the ICC and also welcomed the government’s declared committment in this regard.