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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 6, 2002


International Criminal Court: Letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

Following is the text of the letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan from Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John R. Bolton:

"Dear Mr. Secretary-General:

This is to inform you, in connection with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court adopted on July 17, 1998, that the United States does not intend to become a party to the treaty. Accordingly, the United States has no legal obligations arising from its signature on December 31, 2000. The United States requests that its intention not to become a party, as expressed in this letter, be reflected in the depositary's status lists relating to this treaty.

 Sincerely,

S/John R. Bolton"


Released on May 6, 2002

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