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Updates on New Zealand
31 Dec 2005
As of May 2004, New Zealand had adopted implementing legislation providing for cooperation procedures and the exercise of jurisdiction over ICC crimes.

In a statement at the Security Council on 10 July 2002, the Ambassador of New Zealand to the UN remarked, "We believe that there are adequate protections within the Rome Statute that address the concerns raised by the United States. In particular, we note that the Rome Statute is built on the principle that national courts have primary responsibility for the prosecution of crimes by their nationals. The ICC is a court of last resort. It may conduct a prosecution only if impunity would otherwise result. There are safeguards built-in to prevent decisions on prosecutions being taken based on political rather than legal grounds."

New Zealand is supporting ratification efforts in the Pacific.