Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN has delivered a statement at the 73rd Session of the General Assembly

On 29 October 2018, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations, Ambassador Kaha Imnadze delivered a statement at the 73rd Session of the General Assembly, Agenda item 77 “Report of the International Criminal Court”. 
In a statement, Ambassador Imnadze expressed his gratitude towards the President of the International Criminal Court Mr. Eboe-Osuji for his comprehensive presentation and welcomed the report of the Court. Representative of Georgia stressed that further strengthening of universality and cooperation with the Court are key enabling factors for effective work of the ICC in ending impunity for the perpetrators of the most egregious crimes that threaten the international peace, security and well-being. The role of the ICC is to complement rather than to replace existing national judicial systems, while primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute crimes still remains with the individual States. 

Ambassador Imnadze stated that since ratification of the Rome Statute in 2003, Georgia has been effectively cooperating with the International Criminal Court. As an enabling factor for the full-fledge cooperation with the ICC Georgia has put in place implementing legislation of the Statute at the national level and furthermore, in December 2017 ICC field office was opened in Georgia, to support different organs of the Court and cooperate with stakeholders on the ground and relevant UN agencies. 

In conclusion, Ambassador Imnadze stressed Georgia’s support to the recommendations contained in the present Report of the International Criminal Court about the necessity to investigate crimes committed in Georgia during the Russian aggression of 2008 and expressed support in this context to the Prosecutor’s call on the Russian Federation to cooperate with the Office with its investigations.