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The Role of the United States Department of State

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The Role of the United States Department of State


United States -- Dept. of State.
Genocide intervention.
United Nations.


Oral history video clip featuring Gregory Stanton, Director, Genocide Watch. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.


Media Entertainment, Inc.


Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.


Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.




Stanton, Gregory


Tape number: 4062A


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Oral History

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Proctor, Cecily


Stanton, Gregory


I have very high respect for Secretary Albright, and for David Scheffer also, who’s a personal friend. I’m afraid that the State Department’s official policy and the US’s official policy on several issues, however, won’t lead to the end of genocide in several particular instances. The first area that I feel falls short is our current opposition to the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court. I think it’s a mistake. I think we should support the International Criminal Court. I think it’s a good statute. I think the International Criminal Court will be a giant step toward bringing those to justice who commit genocide; in fact, it’ll be the first international court in which those people can be brought to justice. And I think that the US’s objections to the court are really insubstantial. I think the second area in which I think we need to make progress on the US’s policy is in our support for UN peacekeeping on a more permanent basis. I think the UN needs to create a permanent voluntary rapid response force. Right now, several countries are putting together a rapid response force. It’s going to be called the Standby High-Readiness Brigade, and the countries include Austria and Poland and Argentina and Denmark and some of the Nordic countries, and Canada and several other countries. And the idea is to have at least 5,500 troops, heavy infantry, ready to go at three weeks’ notice whenever the Security Council wants to send them into a situation where they need to intervene. We need that sort of capability, and we need actually a lot more troops than that. The US cannot be the policeman of the world, and in fact we need a UN peacekeeping force that can act in something like that role. And so I think we should be much more supportive of a more permanent UN role in that way. Now, I understand that right now, there are members of Congress, particularly Jesse Helms, violently opposed to any kind of UN role of this sort. But I do think that it should be US policy to support such a force. So, on those two grounds, I think that we need to make progress, especially.

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