Chile's president resists U.S. pressure on ICC, UN vote

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that her country would resist the U.S. pressure on issues related to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nations Security Council.

"Chile has had in the past, has at present and, I am sure, will (continue to) have in the future an independent and autonomous foreign policy," said Bachelet.

Chile will bear in mind the interests of its own and the region when it votes, she added.

Chile's legislators ratified the ICC without guaranteeing immunity for U.S. soldiers and agents. The United States has a policy of withholding military aid, equipment and training to the nations that ratify the ICC without exempting U.S. forces.

The United States has also urged Chile not to vote for Venezuela, which is seeking a two-year term as a new member of the Security Council.

"Chile has shown in the past that it does not put up with pressure from anyone, at any time, and during my term, there will be no difference, in any way," Bachelet said.

On Tuesday, Chile's Defense Minister Vivianne Blanlot and her U.S. counterpart Donald Rumsfeld met in Washington and discussed the two topics.

Source: Xinhua



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