MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 20) - The United States and Solomon Islands have signed an agreement giving U.S. citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

A spokeswoman from the State Department said U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Solomons Foreign Minister Laurence Chan signed the "Article 98" agreement.

The U.S. strongly opposes the ICC, the world's first permanent tribunal for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Under U.S. law, Washington must suspend military assistance to most ICC member nations that have not signed immunity agreements with the United States.

September 22, 2003

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