NEW YORK â€“ Botswana made a strong call at the UN on all countries to respect the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure that it works effectively.
The Southern African countryâ€™s vice-president Mokgweetsi Masisi used his turn at the UN General Assembly podium in New York late on Thursday to ask world leaders to see to it that the ICC was respected.
â€œBotswanaâ€™s commitment to a strong and effective international justice system remains resolute. Our belief in the ICC, as the only standing international criminal tribunal for war crimes and crimes against humanity, is unwavering,â€ he said.
â€œThe Botswana government regrets that non-cooperation by some state parties still plagues the court, making allowance for continued impunity and escape from accountability for crimes committed against humanity.â€
Masisi said all parties that have signed the Rome Statute of the ICC should â€œstand fully behind the courtâ€.
â€œCooperation is vital for the assurance of the courtâ€™s integrity and effective functioning,â€ he said.