ICC Prosecutor to decide Cyprus file before exit

Case could have implications for Israeli settlements

FEBRUARY 18, 2021

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she would make a decision regarding the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus before her term ends on June 16.

She made the comments on Wednesday while speaking to a virtual conference hosted by the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Amid the ICC debate on whether Israeli settlements should be deemed a war crime is the question of the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus, which has been almost completely ignored.

Until now, the timeline regarding an ICC decision about Northern Cyprus has been muddled. The issue is a rare case that deals with alleged forced population transfer as a war crime (as opposed to “classic” war crimes such as genocide), and the ICC’s decision could have far-reaching implications in how it could treat Israeli settlements.

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