On 2 April 2012, the United Nations received from the Government of the Republic of Guatemala its instrument of accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Rome Statute will enter into force for Guatemala on 1 July 2012, bringing to 121 the total number of States Parties.
The ICC welcomed Guatemala's accession to the Rome Statute. The ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, stated: “I am delighted that the statements made by Guatemala at the Review Conference of 2010 as well as the latest Assembly of States Parties concerning its intention to join the ICC have now fully materialised. With the historic step now taken by Guatemala, only two countries in Central America – El Salvador and Nicaragua – remain outside the Rome Statute system, and I hope they too will actively consider acceding to the treaty in the near future”.