France’s UN envoy Says US insisted on clause exempting countries not signed on to the ICC

Asked if clause exempting non-state parties to the ICC meant that it would exclude mercenaries from countries not signed on to Rome Statute, Amb. Gerard Araud said:

“No, that’s, that was for one country, it was absolutely necessary for one country to have that considering its parliamentary constraints, and this country we are in. It was a red line for the United States. It was a deal-breaker, and that’s the reason we accepted this text to have the unanimity of the Council.”