Monday, December 19, 2011
Second Week of ICC Assembly of States Parties Opens with Negotiations on Budget for 2012 and Omnibus Resolution
With the conclusion last week of high-profile elections of a new Chief Prosecutor and six new judges, the ICC Assembly of States Parties (ASP) today began its second week with the election of six new members of the ASP's Committee on Budget and Finance. Most of the rest of the day was dedicated to negotiating the so-called omnibus resolution which is the ASP's annual action on a variety of issues, and to closed-door sessions to resolve the contentious budget issue. Considerable progress was made on the budget during a session that went late into the night on Saturday; the omnibus negotiations may go late tonight.