Joint Stakeout by Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Mexico on the situation in Libya

Read out by Mexican Ambassador H.E. Juan Ramón de la Fuente, ICC Focal point in the UNSC.

I would like to make the following statement today on behalf of the following Members of the Security Council that are States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC): Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and my own country, Mexico, and the incoming members who are also States Parties to the Rome Statute, namely, Albania, Brazil and Ghana.

We thank ICC Prosecutor, Mr. Karim Khan, for presenting the 22nd report of his Office to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Libya, in accordance with resolution 1970, and in the context of the developments in Libya’s political transition.

Recognizing that this is Mr. Khan’s first briefing to the Security Council in his capacity as ICC Prosecutor, we would like to thank him for briefing the Council today in person despite the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic and we express our full support to him and his team in carrying out his mandate of fighting impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the International Community as a whole. We look forward to ICC Prosecutor’s visit to Libya intended in early 2022, in implementation of resolution 1970 and as part of efforts aimed at bringing lasting peace, security and inter-Libyan reconciliation in Libya.

We will continue to respect our cooperation obligations under the Rome Statute and encourage all States to fully support the Court in carrying out its important mandate of ensuring justice for the victims of the most serious crimes under international law. Furthermore, we reconfirm our unwavering support for the Court as an independent, impartial and judicial institution of last resort which anchors the system of justice for serious international crimes that is primarily based on the jurisdiction of national courts. National authorities have the primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute Rome Statute crimes. The ICC only steps in when States are unwilling or unable to genuinely carry out national proceedings.

The ICC embodies our collective commitment to fight impunity for the most serious crimes under international law. By giving our full support to the Court and promoting its universal membership, we defend the progress we have made together towards an international order based on international law, of which international justice is an indispensable pillar.

Thank you.