HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 cc139-40W
20. Mr. McCabe

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of excluding crimes involving the use of (a) nuclear weapons and (b) land mines from the remit of the proposed international criminal court. [26450]

Mr. Doug Henderson

The UK supports proposals for the Court to be able to try war crimes which are recognised under customary international law. The use as such of nuclear weapons or land mines does not come into this category. But nuclear weapons and land mines, like any other weapon, might be used in a way that would contravene international law. Under the proposals we support, this could well lead to the user being prosecuted at the International Criminal Court.

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