No pressure on Government to sign Rome Statute

Ranil-Wickramasinghe1The Government says it is not under any pressure to sign the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that even the United States has not signed the Rome Statute.

“No one can put pressure on us and no one has put pressure on us,” he said.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (often referred to as the International Criminal Court Statute or the Rome Statute) is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Wickremesinghe said that South Asian countries have taken a policy decision that they will not sign the Rome Statute and instead will deal with its own issues through domestic systems.

The Prime Minister said that human rights violations did take place in Sri Lanka but those issues can be investigated by Sri Lanka.

He accused the former Government of agreeing to a UN-led investigation on Sri Lanka after the war ended in 2009. (Colombo Gazette)