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NEWS: U.S Troops Withdraw After International Criminal Court Decision.

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posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 12:52 AM
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The U.S. has had to remove troops from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kosovo, because they are no longer exempt from international prosecution for war cimes. The exemption expired on Wednesday.
 



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The United Nations plans to replace U.S. military personnel removed from peacekeeping missions in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kosovo, because Americans are no longer exempt from international prosecution for war crimes, a U.N. spokesman said.


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Although not a member of the international criminal court, and that is why an exemption was necessary, the U.S. does have a number of bilateral agreements preventing prosecution of U.S. troops. However, it does not have any such agreements with Ethiopia, Eritrea, or Kosovo.

This seems a much better strategy for deploying our troops as peacekeepers. Without our direct negotiation of a bilateral agreement, we will not provide peacekeeping services.

[edit on 3-7-2004 by John bull 1]




posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 07:44 AM
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The 9 soldiers affected were working with the UN mission in areas where there is no bilateral agreements that bar prosecution of US officials for war crimes.
 

From same link above:

A seven-person team will be removed from the U.N. mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. In addition, two liaison officers will be taken from the U.N. mission in Kosovo, Larry Di Rita, a Defense Department spokesman, said Thursday.



 
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