The Communist Party of Armenia said that the authorities are trying to join the ICC to please the West.
YEREVAN, 31 March – RIA Novosti. On Friday, the Communist Party of Armenia issued a statement accusing the country’s authorities of wanting to please the West by ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The Armenian Constitutional Court accepted that the obligations in the Rome Statute of the ICC correspond to the country’s constitution, as its President Arman Dilanyan stated on 24 March. According to him, the decision of the court is final and enters into force from the moment of its publication. After the court’s decision, the Rome Statute must be ratified by the Armenian parliament in order to enter into force.
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“The current authorities, not for the sake of the state, but for their narrow personal interests, are trying to please the West and, in the meantime, to approve the Rome Statute of the ICC, which is contrary to the Armenian constitution … Authorities, destroy Armenian-Russian friendship ties, remove Russia from the region withdraw, offer some incomprehensible documents and solutions in return, or rather nothing. This is nothing but a clear genocide against our own people.”
“The Communist Party of Armenia strongly condemns the borders towards our true ally and the destructive policy pursued by the authorities to turn Armenia into an arena for resolving conflicts between various geopolitical centres,” the statement said. The Communist Party urged the Armenian authorities and parliament to “show common sense, fulfill their responsibilities to their own people and history, reconsider the ICC’s issue of ratifying the Rome Statute, and also accept the proposal to deploy the CSTO mission”. in Armenia”
The preliminary hearing room of the ICC, whose jurisdiction Russia does not recognize, issued an order for the “arrest” of Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 17. As the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov stated, the ICC’s raising the issue of the “arrest” of the President of the Russian Federation is unacceptable and none of its decisions are legally invalid.
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An RIA Novosti source from the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow’s official plans for Yerevan to join the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which does not recognize the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation, are unacceptable on the basis of recent illegal events. permits of this court against the Russian leadership”.
Earlier in March, the New York Times published an article stating that the Pentagon was transferring material about crimes allegedly committed in Ukraine by the Russian military to the ICC, fearing that Americans themselves would not have to respond to such allegations. The material states that “the military leadership was opposed to helping the court with the investigation, for fear of setting a precedent that would later help prosecute Americans.” At the same time, in 2019, the United States itself introduced visa restrictions against individuals linked to ICC investigations into US military crimes in Afghanistan. Former White House national security adviser John Bolton criticized the ICC investigation at the time, saying the court was “already dead” to the United States.
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