July 15, 2008 (PARIS) — The European Union has urged Sudan to turn over to the International Criminal Court two leading war crimes suspects.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier says such a gesture “would constitute an element of positive appreciation” of Sudan by the international community.
France holds the rotating EU presidency, and Chevallier was speaking Tuesday on behalf of the 27-member union.
He didn’t comment on Monday’s indictment by the international court of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide in war-torn Darfur.
But Chevallier urged Sudan to hand former Interior Minister Ahmed Haroun and suspected janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb to the international court.
They were charged last year with war crimes.