Speaking in New York, the President of the Assembly of States Parties, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann noted the declaration by Ukraine under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, accepting the exercise of jurisdiction by the Court.
Recalling previous decisions of states parties and their common resolve to work towards achieving universality and full implementation of the Statute, the President stressed:
"To ensure the full protective potential of the Rome Statute system and accountability for atrocity crimes, I hope that Ukraine will proceed with the ratification of the Rome Statute in the nearest future."
In this context, the President also recalled the amendments adopted at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 pertaining to article 8 of the Rome Statute, and especially those on the definition and the conditions for the exercise of jurisdiction by the Court over the crime of aggression.
"I hope that Ukraine will ratify the Statute as amended in Kampala, that we will be able to welcome Ukraine among states parties and that we will benefit from its experience and contribution as we continue to strengthen international criminal law and work together to end impunity for atrocity crimes."
Ukraine signed the Rome Statute on 20 January 2000, and acceded to the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Court (APIC) on 29 January 2007.