THE HAGUE, Netherlands, (ICC News) – On 23 March 2023, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Kostin Andriy, and the Registrar of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Peter Lewis, signed a cooperation agreement on the establishment of an ICC country office in Ukraine.
“We are very grateful for the cooperation, support, and assistance we have received from the government of Ukraine and look forward to strengthening our cooperation in the future”, ICC Registrar Peter Lewis said.
Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin, signing on behalf of Ukraine, stated: “I firmly believe that the opening of the ICC country office in Ukraine marks the beginning of a new chapter in our close cooperation with the court. This is just a start, a strong start, and I’m convinced that we will not stop until all perpetrators of international crimes committed in Ukraine are brought to justice, independently of their political or military position”.
The ICC has a liaison office to the United Nations in New York and seven field presence/country offices: Kinshasa and Bunia (Democratic Republic of the Congo, “DRC”); Kampala (Uganda); Bangui (Central African Republic, “CAR”); Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire); Tbilisi (Georgia); and Bamako (Mali).
ICC field presence/country offices are essential to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with key stakeholders in situation countries and to support the court’s mandate and resulting activities in these countries.