France ready to help ICC to prosecute IS fighters in Syria


THE HAGUE: France is “ready to cooperate” with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe Islamic State jihadists in Syria for war crimes, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Monday. The ICC, founded in 2002, is the world’s only permanent war crimes court. But moves so far to refer Syria to The Hague-based body have been unsuccessful as Russia has blocked them with its veto in the United Nations Security Council. The UN go-ahead is needed as Syria is not a member state. Ayrault told Agence France-Presse that action “can be launched it they concern [French] nationals who are engaged in the war in Syria alongside Daesh,” using another name for the Islamic State group. “We are ready to cooperate and give our backing if there is a track to follow,” he said. “Even if the margin for maneuver is limited, it’s a chance to recall that we do not accept impunity.”



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