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U.N. Extends Immunity to U.S. Peacekeepers

Thursday, 12 June 2003 12:00 AM

A U.S.-sponsored measure was approved 12-0, with France, Germany and Syria abstaining.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was concerned it might become an annual routine that could undermine the tribunal and the council, as well as the legitimacy of U.N. "peace" operations.

The United States, which is not a party to the Rome Treaty establishing the court in The Hague, said it would not expose its personnel serving in U.N. "peacekeeping" missions to the additional risk of politicized prosecutions before the international panel.

A prosecutor was to be sworn in Monday for the court, established to try individuals accused of alleged war crimes.

Washington has not signed the treaty. Ninety nations have ratified it, including 12 of the 15 Security Council members.

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