June 13, 2024

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“France backs International Criminal Court” after arrest warrant request against Netanyahu

“France backs International Criminal Court” after arrest warrant request against Netanyahu

Hours after the International Criminal Court called for arrest warrants against Israeli and Hamas leaders, international reactions were mixed. This Monday, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan requested the issuance of such warrants for war and crimes against the three leaders of the Islamist movement and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Yoav Galant. Against humanity.

“France supports the International Criminal Court, its independence and the fight against impunity in all circumstances,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement from a deputy spokesperson. According to the Jewish state, “the pre-trial chamber of the court must decide on the issuance of these warrants”, after examining the elements presented by the prosecutor, “taking into account complementary policy and possible action by Israeli courts.

Quai d’Orsay recalls that France has been warning for months “about the need to strictly comply with international humanitarian law”, particularly the “unacceptability of civilian casualties” and the “inadequacy” of humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip.

Seek a permanent political solution

On the Hamas side, Karim Khan sought arrest warrants against Yahya Shinowar, Ismail Haniyeh and Mohammad Taif. “This terrorist group is responsible for brutal attacks against civilians, along with acts of torture and sexual violence that it has documented,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement to the judges.

Earlier, Joe Biden described the International Criminal Court’s approach as “disgraceful”. The US president thinks that “equilibrium” between Israel and Hamas is impossible. In France, the left for its part welcomed the organization’s demands against both parties.

Finally, the Quai d’Orsay reiterated France’s commitment to “seeking a lasting political solution in the region.”

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