Statement backing court follows US move to sanction two top ICC officials over war crimes investigation into US troops.

Traditional United States allies were among the 72 countries at the United Nations voicing support for the International Criminal Court in the face of US sanctions [File: Mike Segar/Reuters]

Seventy-two countries at the United Nations on Monday offered their “unwavering support” for the International Criminal Court (ICC) after Washington imposed sanctions on two of the court’s key officials.

“We reconfirm our unwavering support for the Court as an independent and impartial judicial Institution,” read a joint declaration signed by countries that included Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and France, the United States’ traditional allies.

The signatories, all from countries that signed the Rome

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