Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute concludes its 15th session
Ljubljana, 25 November 2016 – The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Assembly) in The Hague concluded its 15th session yesterday.
The event featured numerous speakers, including the President of the Court, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the Prosecutor, Ms Fatou Bensouda, and the President of the Assembly, Mr Sidiki Kaba, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, as an honorary speaker.
The Slovenian delegation actively participated in the session at various levels. In the general debate, the head of delegation, Acting Director-General Ms Sabina R. Stadler, expressed Slovenia’s strong support for the work of the International Criminal Court, emphasising the importance of full cooperation with the Court and calling for improving the Court’s efficiency. Respecting international law and striving to strengthen it, as well as supporting an effective international criminal justice system are important elements of Slovenia’s international engagement. In addition, Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn spoke at the open meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly, which was dedicated to the relationship between Africa and the Court. He stressed the importance of the work of the Court to the international community, urging countries to establish dialogue with a view to addressing, in the context of the fundamental principles of the Rome Statute, some African countries’ considerations and reservations concerning their cooperation with the Court.
The Assembly adopted several resolutions and the 2017 programme budget of the Court, and elected six members to the Committee on Budget and Finance and Ambassador Sergio Ugalde (Costa Rica) as Vice-President of the Assembly. Mr Marko Štucin (Slovenia) was elected as Rapporteur of the Assembly.
As a member of the Bureau, Slovenia was directly involved in the discharge of the Bureau’s responsibilities and actively contributed to finding solutions and directing the work of the Assembly.