The US has given up trying to get its soldiers immunity from prosecution at the new International Criminal Court.
It has withdrawn its attempt to have its exemption renewed by the United Nations Security Council, because it failed to gain enough support.
The US won special status for the last two years, arguing its troops could be subject to malicious prosecution.
“The United States has decided not to proceed further with consideration and action on the draft at this time in order to avoid a prolonged and divisive debate,” said the US Ambassador to the UN James Cunningham.
“We are dropping action on this resolution.”
Even though US troops abroad may now be subject to prosecution at the court in The Hague, Washington has already signed bilateral agreements with 89 countries to ensure they do not bring cases against its personnel.