||<p>The UK regrets the decision by South Africa and Burundi to initiate proceedings
to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). We recognise there are issues that
need to be resolved with the ICC to ensure that it has the widest possible support.
ICC working groups are currently considering some of the challenges in The Hague and
New York. We hope that South Africa and Burundi will remain signatories to the Rome
Statute and engage positively in further dialogue. We are open to discussing any of
the issues or other concerns with states parties, now and at the Assembly of States
Parties in November.</p><p>On 21 October, the EU High Representative made a Declaration
on behalf of the European Union on the African ICC withdrawals. The matter will be
discussed at the upcoming EU-South Africa Human Rights dialogue on 9 November in Brussels.
The Government will continue to support EU efforts to engage African partners to resolve
issues and encourage them to remain active members, able to deliver change from within.</p>