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As a candidate, Senator Barack Obama stated that his administration would cooperate with the Court on Darfur and other cases and consult closely with military and legal advisers before making a decision on whether to join the Court
"The United States should cooperate with ICC investigations in a way that reflects American sovereignty and promotes our national security interests." Response to candidate questionnaire, 2004
"I will consult thoroughly with our military commanders and also examine the track record of the Court before reaching a decision on whether the U.S. should become a State Party to the ICC." Response to candidate questionnaire, October 6, 2007
"My administration would continue to cooperate with ongoing ICC investigations in Sudan." Response to candidate questionnaire, October 6, 2007
"The US also needs to work with the International Criminal Court to ramp up the pace of indictments of those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, while Khartoum must feel increased pressure to hand over those individuals already indicted by the Court." Press statement, April 23, 2008
The Obama administration has opened a new chapter in US-ICC relations by cooperating with the Court and participating in its governing body, the Assembly of States Parties. indicated that it will take a more positive approach toward the ICC. Members of the administration have made positive statements about the Court and engaged with the ICC in ways that support US national interests.
Several individuals sympathetic to the Court are in places of influence in the administration:
These and other administration officials - including US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice - have made statements on Darfur and support for the case against Omar Al Bashir, president of Sudan. Most dramatically, the US under the Obama administration co-sponsored and voted in favor of Resolution 1970, adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council, which referred the situation in Libya to the ICC. However, it has indicated that it does not plan to complete a formal US policy toward the ICC.
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