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December 1, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has decided to cancel his planned trip to the Central African Republic (CAR) after the latter came under diplomatic pressure to shun him.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir

On Tuesday, the pro-government Al-Rayaam newspaper quoting unnamed sources said that Bashir will fly to Bangui in a one-day visit to satisfy an invitation he received from his neighbor to join the country’s Golden Jubilee Independence Day celebrations

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in orchestrating war crimes and genocide in Sudan’s Western region of Darfur.

CAR is a state party to the ICC and is therefore theoretically obligated to arrest Bashir once he sets foot in its territory. Furthermore, the Hague tribunal is currently prosecuting a case related to crimes committed in CAR by Jean-Pierre Bemba described as a Congolese warlord.

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There was no official explanation for Bashir’s absence from the event in its neighbor. But an aide to CAR President Francois Bozize told Reuters it followed a long conversation late on Tuesday between Bozize and French Cooperation Minister Henri de Raincourt, who was present.

"I think Bashir’s absence is a result of the conversation between the French minister and the head of state," the aide said. "Not only France finds this invitation very embarrassing but it would cause us big problems if Bashir came."

The incident follows another one this week when Libyans asked Bashir to stay away from the Africa-EU summit held in Tripoli to avoid a mass walkout by EU members.

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  • 1 December 2010 17:42, by kitir

    It’s very dismaying for president Bachir for being hindered second time from external trips within a week the only practical way-out from this ignoble situation is to leave the place more qualified one to lead the country in this very complicated juncture as Sudanese it ridiculous to pay no attention for this silly situation of our beloved splitting country undergoing sudan.

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    • 1 December 2010 17:52, by Ahmed Chol

      Kitir,

      The country will be in a better situation if Bashir quits being a president, actually if one examines things closely, Bashir is not in power because the Sudanese people put him there, he is in power because he overthrew elected government. And steal all elections all these years and has been winning by 96% of the votes. He has to leave power to the people for the country to have peace.

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      • 2 December 2010 01:30, by Covert

        It’s sad that a president of a country get rejected like a sick dog.
        Bashir has now the title of the worst president in the world.

        In the picture, he looks miserable, it doesn’t matter how hard he try not to look like he is, it’s really sorrowful.

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      • 2 December 2010 06:50, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Hey Mr. Ahmed Chol,

        You are right dear. Not only if he quit being a president, but Omar Beshir need to go to ICC. If SPLM agree last time when ICC proposed the Arrestment of Beshir, I think Beshir can not show such stipud face like this on the picture above. What kind of President is this? In facts, Omar Beshir is very lucky indeed because he is with a "RAM SHEEP".

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 2 December 2010 08:55, by Sudani Logik

      The ICC is an imperialist tool and anyone who understands global politics knows its just another joke organisation.

      Although most of the Sudanese people accept that Bashir is gulity of many crimes especially in South Sudan but those supporting this so called ICC, should realise that it only targets weak countries in the developing world.

      Ironically, countries which would not even allow their soldiers to be tried by this court are advocating Bashir appears before it, this is gross hypocracy by the imperialist West. Some of you commenting on this article should understand the implications of the double standards applied by the so called developed world.

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      • 2 December 2010 12:37, by Erermeres kururpra

        hey sudani logik,you are right,but the soldiers of those countries commit criminal act out side their own countries that is why they get support from their own people not to be tried in the ICC.In the case of Al bashir,he didn’t go no where to fire at civilians,he did it at home and how is he supposed to gain support from most of the sudanese.We didn’t think of ICC at the first place,but I think the court in sudan have no interest in trying him at home eventhough they know he did some thing to sudanese civilians;then what is our option? he must go to answer simple question in the ICC to prove it guilty or not guilty instead of denying the allegation and not going to court.

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      • 2 December 2010 20:15, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Dear Mr.Sudani Logik,

        Thank you for your comment, however, you said that "most of the Sudanese people accept that Beshir is guilty of many crimes especially in the Southern Sudan, but those who are supporting this so called ICC, should realize that its only targeted weak countries in the developing world". First of all, what make Sudan as a country so weak that it is not even recognized amongst the lists of the world countries? Do you think Omar Beshir is far away from this mess? Also, what caused the "break away" of Darfurian people from the Northern Sudan Government as well as Eastern Blue Nile and Nubian people away from the Northern Sudan? Do you think Omar Beshir is also far away from this mess too? In this point, if the SPLM waged the war in 1983 with the objectives of transforming the government system in Khartoum and Omar Beshir still resisted the proposal of the Southerners, then why Southerners people don’t go with ICC proposal?

        Second, the CPA was signed and within the CPA it is stated that "no return to war either South or North". That one was quiet obvious that there is no war again, but Omar Beshir breached the agreement just after the time when the Late Dr.John Garang passed away on July 30, 2005 in an aircrash!. On May 14,2008, Omar Beshir authorized the war in Abyei town of Dinka Jok of Ngok, war in Karassan of Panaruu of Panrieng County, war in Weraghor swamp of Ruweng Biemnom County plus the bombardment which took place in Kiir Adem of Aweil. Are these not remarkable accusations of violating CPA on Omar Beshir?

        My dear Sudani Logik, as an advise to you, Omar Beshir is not capable of bringing the right of the Southerns to the table of brotherhood. So, according to my own wish if I were a president Southern Sudan, the tool that I can use to support me as a Southerner is to sent Omar Beshir to ICC. I was really sorry why I left my territory Ruweng in 1985 and joined the Mission of the SPLM. Well, from the beginning, the SPLM/SPLA was good, but in this present time, the SPLM/SPLA become useless in the eyes of the patriots. No moral seen from our leaders to encourage the youths to show interest in their country. So, having Omar Beshir as a president in Sudan is better than having a "Zero president to rule Sudan".

        Thanks

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 1 December 2010 18:38, by mrkss

    Sohbet yaz?lan dü?ünce yaz?lar?d?r. Sohbetlerde de bir dü?ünce aç?klan?r, bilgi verilir. Sohbet yazar? ele ald??? konuda fazla derinle?mez, ileri sürdü?ü görü?lerini kan?tlama yoluna gitmez, ancak sezdirmeye çal???r, Bu yönüy1e makaleden ayr?l?r. Chat yazar? ki?isel görü?lerini özgürce ifâde edebilme özelli?ini ta??r. Ba?kalar?n?n o konuda ne dü?ündükleri önemli de?ildir. Herkesin sevdi?i bir ?eyden berbat bir ?ey olarak söz edebilir.
    ayr?ca chat sohbet yaparken kar??n?zdaki ki?inin ilgisini çekmek için güzel sözler yazman?z o kisiyi elde etmeye yarayabilir:)
    ??te Internet’te sohbet (chat) olarak özetleyebilece?imiz IRC’nin (Internet Relay

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  • 1 December 2010 19:02, by john

    The day is coming soon when criminals are going to be caught and punished

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  • 1 December 2010 19:42, by Garang

    Mr Bashir,look at yourself you are no longer a president in this country. you are only there to warm the seat in the palace.we know very well that you are now a living dead because ICC are ready to burn all your dens and alway when dens are burned the lions will have no where to hide only to leave that particular area.

    please the final option for you is to leave our office peacefuly,go and dig your own grave,bury yourself alive or surrender yourself to ICC to bury you.sudan can and will ever exist without "JALIES" you have brought shame to the larger and ever respected nation in Africa.

    Kerubino Garang

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  • 1 December 2010 19:46, by Tambura

    The picture which is in this article is not for Mr. Bashir I think it is Ethiopian’s president.We love this web site, but this kind of mistake they sue people for it in US or AU.

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    • 1 December 2010 20:13, by kitir

      My dear,
      if you mean what you wrote le me confirm you the picture is for bashir our president in sudan how did you meddling this sad face with Zinwi who allways show smiling face!!!

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      • 1 December 2010 20:18, by Omoni Atari

        Tambura is a sudanese man, just intruder from west equatoria state.That is Al bashir picture,not ethiopia prime minister, Zenawe.

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    • 2 December 2010 06:54, by Joseph Canada

      Tambura,
      thats him my Brother. These are the days in the Bible!!
      and i think i Quoted something in swahili: saying "siku ya Mwizi ni arubaini". The thief have only 40 days before getting cought!!.. Now all the doors are clossing and the ICC and coming closser.... The Blood of the Sudanese and coming back to hount this Son of Mohammen Rasul Alah!!!!.
      Now he can Call the Black Stone in Mecca for Rescue!!!..
      He have no way out!!.
      Now the Egyptians will reject him too. And if they allow him to go, they will drink my Urin Once I have my own country. I will not have the toilet but Use the Nile water as one just for them to Drink my Piss!!
      Oh God how happy I am for my Blessed Black Worriors!!

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    • 2 December 2010 08:54, by Peter Nhiany

      Tambura, are you serious? How many times have you seen pictures of Al-Bashir on the internet and on TV? I doubted that you said the picture in this article is Ethiopians’ President Meles Zinawe. That is pure Bashir with no question ask. I’m not quite sure what physical similarities or components does he has in common with Ethiopians’ President. Anyways, that is your war criminal President.

      Peter Nhiany.

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  • 1 December 2010 20:19, by Diu J.Kuek

    Mr President is acting like a comedian to make the whole World laugh on him.or otherwise there is plot within the NCP to get the rid of him,because if such a person head of the State doing things without advice from his advisers something going wrong.
    take my word into consideration,

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  • 1 December 2010 20:38, by Tambura

    The world of Mr. Bashir is getting small and smaller day by day. In one year there will be no country in the world will welcome him except arabs countries, matter of fact most of arabs leaders are criminals themselves, the only different between them and him is that ICC didn’t link them to their crime. CAR didn’t just convinced Mr. Omar, they told him in one sentence. Mr, Omar we are a member of ICC if you put your feet in our country we will arrest you for your crime full stop. What stood above that they convinced Bashir to stay away is not right words, sound like he was fighting to go after he received unwelcome, than they have to convince him not to go.The Criminal will remain guilty in the eyes of law until his/her proof her/his innocent. Mr. Bashir if I was you i will go to ICC to prove myself in the court of law instead bringing this kind of repetition to your to our country.

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  • 1 December 2010 20:53, by Tambura

    Guys let us say the picture is for Bashir but I am sure it is not. Bashir never look up or forwards he alway look down how come this picture is for him? Bashir has no any mark in his face, this picture has two Nimeri mark in face.You don’t believe me ask ICC who knows these criminals face :)

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    • 2 December 2010 12:47, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Tambura,

      Did Omer Al-Bashir never in his life look up? Why don’t you believe that the picture is of Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. Does Melez Zenawi has thick lips like AL-Bashir or you’re simply confused because of his bald-headed and the wide eye?

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  • 1 December 2010 22:46, by Peter Nhiany

    Many African countries are finally coming to their senses in regard to keeping close relationship with the war criminal. I do not completely understand why African leaders are so blinded by evil and see bad as good. Who did not learn a lesson about Rwanda genocide that who would take Sudan (Darfur) case lightly.

    How much bribery do African leaders get from Al-Bashir to shield him from prosecution? Look at Kenya who is also being investigated unnecessary killing of civilians welcomed the killer. Well, this is quite heard and chilling case. Bashir must understand that his days are not far from over.

    He needs to realize that most African countries are coming to their senses and will distance themselves from him and his government. Look at his close ally Libya; denied his entry to Tripoli. He better step down to be prosecuted as a former Sudan’s president than being a president. I thank the president of CAR for listening to ICC member countries.

    Bashir should not be anybody’s friend. If you make friends with thieves, you will become a thief, and if you make friends with killers, therefore, you will become a killer too. Bashir is a criminal, killer and those who are associate themselves with him are ultimately his type of leader. To hell Bashir.

    Peter Nhiany.

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  • 2 December 2010 02:05, by NYANKOOR

    How embrassing for the head of state to be rejected by his neighbours.Umar is not actually a head of state but a head of the Association of dictators. Well done Central African Republic.there is no room for criminals and dictators like Umar.
    Thanks
    Nyankoor

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  • 2 December 2010 07:22, by Paul Chadrack

    this is zero hours, thinking of exit. mr president, criminal and genocidaire every think is now becoming narrow against you think twice, or commit suicide before ICC take hold of you.

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