ICC Prosecutor calls for action to stop attacks on peacekeepers

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Fatou Bensouda

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has called on the Security Council to take action to bring to justice those who attack peacekeepers in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Presenting her office's report to the Security Council on Wednesday, Fatou Bensouda said the situation in the region continues to deteriorate and the plight of victims continues to grow from bad to worse.

She told the Council that in ten years, the situation in Darfur alone has cost the United Nations $10.5 billion and has cost the lives of 47 aid workers with many more injured.

Attacks on peacekeepers, she added, "appear to have become the norm with the record number of 57 killings, including those from Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Senegal killed during this reporting period alone.

"My office salutes their sacrifices and recalls that intentional attacks against personnel involved in peacekeeping missions are crimes under the Rome Statute. Sadly, not enough seems to have been done to identify those responsible despite the repeated insistence of the United Nations and the African Union that the government of Sudan must duly investigate. It is in the common interest of the United Nations, the African Union and the ICC to ensure that those responsible for attacking peacekeepers are swiftly brought to justice." (32")

Fatou Bensouda urged the United Nations and the African Union to share information from their own internal investigations with her office in the interest of justice.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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