29th plenary meeting
Thursday, 29 October 2009, 10 a.m.
Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki ……………………………………………….
(Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.
Agenda item 75
Report of the International Criminal Court
Ms. Negm (Egypt) (spoke in Arabic ): …
In order to avoid selectivity in referring cases to the ICC, it is necessary that its work not be politicized. The Prosecutor must therefore expedite the decision to begin investigating crimes against humanity committed in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories since 2002. We stress the urgent need for the Court to consider the report of the Independent Fact Finding Committee on Gaza, presented to the League of Arab States on 30 April 2009, and the Goldstone report (A/HRC/12/48) adopted by the Human Rights Council, in addition to the report of the fact-finding committee established by the Secretary-General on the Israeli bombing of the camps and schools of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
The Court should work in cooperation with the Security Council and the General Assembly to prosecute all of those who committed the crimes set forth in these reports in order to ensure that none enjoys impunity. The rule of law must be upheld through the implementation of the legal norms which we all strive to uphold, and it must be strengthened through its application to all peoples and societies, without exception.
The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.
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