The EU expressed support for the ICC after the adviser of the US President on the work of the court

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy fotobanka in the EU. Archival photoThe EU expressed support for the ICC after the adviser of the US President on the work of the court© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

The European Union expressed support for the work of the International criminal court (ICC) after the US presidential Advisor for national security John Bolton has warned of the possibility of consideration in the UN Security Council of measures to limit the powers of the court, said RIA Novosti the representative of the EU.

Earlier, Bolton said the United States will take all possible measures to protect the ICC from American citizens. Advisor to the President of the United States said that, in particular, it concerns the attempts of the court to prosecute US military for crimes in Afghanistan. According to him, the United States will not cooperate with the ICC, will not help the court to join him. In addition, Washington will consider the possibility of adopting in the UN security Council of measures restricting the powers of the court, in particular, the issue of jurisdiction over Americans.

«The EU will continue to support the rule of law and efforts to promote justice for the terrible crimes that the ICC could fulfill its intended role of the court of last resort, complementary to national jurisdiction», — said the official representative of the EU.

According to him, the EU «supports the court and is fully committed to ensure that it remains independent and effective.»

The international criminal court previously responded to Bolton’s statement, noting that it will continue its activities as an independent and impartial judicial body in accordance with the rule of law.

With the ICC headquarters in the Hague was established in 2002. His expertise includes the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity. Most countries in the world recognize the jurisdiction of this court. The U.S. initially opposed this Institute.