UN / ICC BENSOUDA VISA

05-Apr-2019 00:01:14
A spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said he expected the United States’ government “will continue to comply with its obligations under the UN Headquarters Agreement” with regard to the issuance of visas for International Criminal Court (ICC) staff members, including its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ICC BENSOUDA VISA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 05 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt up, exterior United Nations headquarters

05 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“We are aware of the visa policies announced by the US in reference to ICC staff members including the prosecutor. We very much trust that the United States’ government will continue to comply with its obligations under the UN Headquarters Agreement as confirmed by the Secretary of State Mie Pompeo in his statement of 15 March. It is important to underscore that the issuance of visas is the responsibility of the host country, whether it’s people visiting UN operations in the United States, or in Nairobi – then it would be the Kenyan government. The national governments are the ones who issue the visas. The is a Headquarters Agreement in effect with the United States, and we very much hope that they will honour that agreement, and we heard the Secretary of State saying that he would honour such an agreement.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. Wide shot, Dujarric walks away
STORYLINE
A spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres today (5 Apr) said he expected the United States’ government “will continue to comply with its obligations under the UN Headquarters Agreement” with regard to the issuance of visas for International Criminal Court (ICC) staff members, including its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the issuance of visas “is the responsibility of the host country,” but reiterated that “there is a Headquarters Agreement in effect with the United States, and we very much hope that they will honour that agreement, and we heard the Secretary of State saying that he would honour such an agreement.”

According to press reports, the United States has revoked the visa of the ICC’s chief prosecutor in response to her investigations on potential war crimes by United States’ forces in Afghanistan.

On 15 March, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quoted as saying “the United States will implement these measures consistent with applicable law, including our obligations under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement.”
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