Practice Relating to Rule 161. International Cooperation in Criminal Proceedings
Section A. Cooperation between States
In 1971, the French delegation explained its abstention in the vote on UN General Assembly Resolution 2840 (XXVI) stating that it
abstained in the vote on the draft resolution because we consider that all the work of the United Nations in connexion with this matter is vitiated by the faulty definition of a number of crimes contained in the Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, to which France is not a party. Indeed this definition is based on theoretical and practical considerations which are too imprecise for a convention of a penal nature and which are at any rate contrary to the principles of the French Penal Code.