“Daily Press Briefing,” Transcript, U.S. Department of State, Sean
McCormack, Spokesman, 14 July 2008
“QUESTION: Can you address the Sudan situation and the ICC? What – I think you
mentioned something this morning about looking at your own – that the U.S. is looking at
its own laws in relation to this. Can you elaborate a little bit on that?
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, I talked a little bit about the fact that the United States is –
has been at the forefront of holding those responsible for genocide accountable, whether
that’s from the – whether those individuals are from the Government or from rebel groups
or other groups.
In terms of the ICC, we are not part of the ICC. We’re – we are not the signatories of the
Treaty of Rome that created the ICC. In terms of the specific charges that were put before
the ICC judges today by the prosecutor, we’ll examine them closely to glean any
information that we might from those. We are constantly looking at what information we
have on our own that might help hold accountable those individuals responsible for
genocide or other atrocities.
There have been – there has been a request for information from the ICC and we had
pledged that we would look at that request. That request is not related to the request for
warrants against President Bashir today.
QUESTION: But you said previously that you didn’t know of a request. Now you know
of a request, is what you’re saying?
MR. MCCORMACK: No. I talked about on Friday the fact that there was a request.
QUESTION: A request for what?
MR. MCCORMACK: For information. Information.
QUESTION: No. I don’t believe you did.
MR. MCCORMACK: Yes, I did.
QUESTION: This morning you said that you were –
QUESTION: No, this morning you said no.
MR. MCCORMACK: No. I said with respect to President Bashir.
QUESTION: I see. Oh, I see.
MR. MCCORMACK: Yeah.
QUESTION: So what is the request for, then?
MR. MCCORMACK: I’m not going to get into it.
QUESTION: But it’s t