UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Thursday to prosecute Sudanese war crimes suspects before the International Criminal Court, after the United States agreed not to veto the measure.
The United States, which abstained with three other countries, won significant concessions, including guarantees that Americans working in Sudan would not be handed over to the ICC or any other nation's courts if they were charged with crimes.
Acting U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson said the United States still "fundamentally" objected to the court but was determined to get something done on Sudan. Algeria, Brazil and China also abstained in the 11-0 vote.
The Sudanese government is being pressured to stop a crisis in its western region of Darfur, where the number of dead from a conflict between government-backed militias and rebels is estimated at 180,000.