The country, a strong supporter of the ICC and the first Latin American country to implement the Rome Statute into law, was among the states listed in a letter circulated on Monday by the Swiss Mission to the UN calling for other countries to co-sponsor the draft text which is expected to be voted on later this week.
“While Uruguay strongly supports such a referral, it will be unable to co-sponsor the resolution and therefore prefers not to associate itself with the call for co-sponsorship,” its mission said in a statement.
No other details were provided and calls to its mission for more information have not yet been returned.
Uruguay was one of 18 countries worldwide that lost aid for refusing to sign a Bilateral Immunity Agreement with the United States because they said it would breach their obligations under international law.
The draft resolution referring Syria to the ICC includes a clause that exempts nationals from countries outside of Syria that are not party to the Rome Statute.
– Denis Fitzgerald
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