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Sudan opposition parties & SPLM urge quick resolution to Darfur crisis

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July 14, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan opposition parties and the southern former rebels said that a political solution to the Darfur crisis is the key to preventing the negative impact of an arrest warrant that may be issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of Sudan president.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked pre-trial judges today to issue arrest warrants for Sudan president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.

Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order Al-Bashir’s arrest.

Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) said in a statement signed by its spokesperson Yasir Arman that the Darfur crisis can be solved through “a comprehensive solution that is negotiated between all parties”.

Arman called on the government to create a roadmap on Darfur “within a week” in consultation with other political parties and NGO’s.

The SPLM official said that the SPLM is ready to utilize its contacts to help diffuse the crisis with the ICC but warned that a solution “can be reached through agreement with the international community and legal cooperation with the ICC”.

The Umma party considered to be the largest Northern opposition party said that a “constitutional collapse” may be created by an arrest warrant against Al-Bashir.

The Umma Party leader Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi told Sudan Tribune that there should be a “balance between justice and interests of peace”.

Al-Mahdi reiterated his support to the implementation of resolution 1593 referring the Darfur situation to the ICC.

But the Umma party chief was quoted by the BBC as saying that “targeting any person in this country, especially its leader, is targeting Sudan, its people, stability, peace and security”.

Last May the Umma party and the ruling National Congress Party (NSCP) signed an agreement known as “National Reconciliation Agreement” which largely outlines a number of fundamental principles that both sides share the same views on.

The agreement has come under fire from other opposition parties who viewed it as a step towards a political alliance between the NCP and the Umma party, something which Al-Mahdi has strongly denied.

The former Prime minister said that the issue of ICC was not included in his agreement with NCP.

“This was not discussed and as such each party retained his position on the matter” he said in an interview with Sudan Tribune last week.

Hassan Al-Turabi leader of the Popular National Congress Party (PCP) Islamist party and a former ally of Al-Bashir told Reuters that a South African model for truth and reconciliation was the way forward.

But in an interview with Al-Jazeera Arabic channel in Qatar Al-Turabi said that he cannot make a ruling in the ICC prosecutor’s charges made against Al-Bashir because “it is something the court has to examine”.

The former law professor also quoted Al-Bashir statements made a few years back when he said that he “does not want a POW or injured [rebels] in Darfur” understood by many that he want them killed.

“As Islamists we do not bestow any immunity on the president”.

The opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) flatly rejected handing Bashir over to the ICC.

The DUP was the only party in Sudan to oppose the ICC since a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution made the referral in 2005.

A number of observers and political analysts told Sudan Tribune that no party or individual in Sudan is likely to make any public statements supporting Al-Bashir’s extradition fearing government reprisal and negative public sentiments against them.

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  • 15 July 2008 07:27, by messiah

    Folks-GoNU

    The will of the Sudanese is your concern and hence needs your change of stupid decree of words.
    Solving Darfur issue is by handing over Bashir to ICC and peace shall swing in the whole Sudan if you are to resolve Darfur crisis quickly.

    The next Messiah

    • 15 July 2008 09:09, by richard opele

      When i heard in BBC breaking news of Bashir Warrant of arrest yesterday,immediately i closed my office & mobilised the whole youth & celebrate the whole night even some colleagues went astray.
      Moreno!! you where sleeping,but now you are awake
      Long live but let it not be a word in a silver plate,follow it,& let it happen, One month is toooooo much follow what Yasir Said Arman said.
      I wish you gave them only 72 hrs.
      Opeeele!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 15 July 2008 10:50, by Wilson Wutchok Dhal

        Richard

        congratulation for your celebration i wish ed i could have been with you to show you how exited was i when i heard that Omar Bashir is the most wanted man it sound to me like they are beating the dancing drum; Now Bashir must go such that peace and development should reveal in the country.

      • 15 July 2008 12:56, by AramanaCaani junuba

        Richard!

        That was splendid! Upon the official annoucement of ICC,all the suffering southernners,Easterners and Westerners of sudan were overwhelmed with joy for the pillar of all troubles and suffering is Indeed indicted.except the few in Khartoum who unwisely accept to be BRIBED by the BIG CRIMINAL in order to carry out unnecessary Protests against international community,ICC Decision.please Junubin,in shamaal,don’t accept that again,it works against your brothers and sisters,THINK BIG OR TWICE BEFORE YOU ACT! It is Never a good signal to see southerner standing behind Terrorist who deserve to be convicted and Hanged Mercilessly.After you secured his seat he will come back to slaughter you like Aramadhan sheep,sprinkling your very blood to clense his filthy office.
        SO THINK BIG!
        Cairo.

    • 15 July 2008 13:38, by Moses Kur Akech

      That’s right handing Bashir over for war crime trial in Hague is fundamentally essential for the prevalence of peace and stability in our country. This would have been a time to form Truth Commission to redress the seemingly irreparable rupture caused by the dominion of the minority (Arabs) in the last five and a half decades, but Bashir and his arrogant followers have been a major hindrance.

      This justice will clear way for democracy in Sudan if honoured in good faith,this evolution which is unlikely to prevail should Bashir remain in power.

    • 15 July 2008 16:12, by Mr. Visionary

      I have felt like reacting positively to the suggestion by my brother. As victims of Beshir ’s murderous cling to power, we are wont to support the move taken along the path for bringing justice to innocent people not only in Darfur but also in any marginalized part of the world. If the world continues to approach the matters that concern lives of innocent with reluctant policies, then it will be a mockery of responsibility and accountability. The pursuit of justice does not bring back the lost, but it averts further losses by deterring potential criminals. All demonstrations that took place in Khartoum are only worth Beshir’s personal reaction, for they were organized by his collaborators. I can correctly say they don’t reflect the general feelings and reaction of all Sudanese as people fear reprisal from Beshir’ s dominated government should they react positively to it. Our appeal to the ICC is hold on its warrant and stay with it to its full implementation because it is one thing to take a decision and quite another to make it work and achieve its intended objective.There is nothing worthwhile which you can do without being criticized for. Finally, I would like ICC to do what it promises the victims of these criminals.

      • 15 July 2008 17:51, by Bol Akoch Buoi

        Dear Mr. Visionary

        Your article is very good but your name make it negative

  • 15 July 2008 15:10, by Daniel Kalaka

    For me that seem be to like drum of waking up for entirely people of Sudan.Word without action is means and nothing let Mr moreno Ocampo fasten the process so that people reach the peaceful solution as mark by the SPLM secretary for northern sector Mr Yasir Amman.ICC is the only solution .Bashir has to face it!!!

  • 15 July 2008 15:15, by joseph Deng De-Mabior

    i am very happy to hear that ICC has called sudan president omar albashir to face court , i was been thinking my self that thereis no ICC ,why because sudan persident was continuing sending his immediate (janjeweed)troops to Darfur, infact ,omar has killed alot of people in sudan though he is kill or send to exil he will not blame him self for the crime he made ,since he gets his advice from his friend osam Bine alden , as you are aware of his accommodation inthe prevouse years in suadan particulary .

    thanks

    Joseph Deng De-Mabior

  • 16 July 2008 18:20, by pacolo dukol

    I really think the ICC is not doing enough, why i say so is because they have not yet, done anything that should make me feel they are truly doing all they can to stop Criminal leaders, the list is long to name a few. We have, (Mengistu,Museveni,Mugabe,Zenawi,Do santo.) these are leaders that one way or another have been so deeply involved in Criminal act against thier citizens. So brothers and sisters to arrest Bashir would set a good example and of course the leaders that i have mentions above will all be shivering with fears that they are going to be next..
    For a country to enjoy peace everyone must demand that from those who are leading,otherwise they may think that they can get away with anything. so we still have a long way to go.... but we are almost on that road.
    take care everybody do not forget that your views and opinions count, we must disagree on all matters..Pacolo.

    • 20 December 2008 08:42, by stanford

      The will of the Sudanese is your concern and hence needs your change of stupid decree of words. Solving Darfur issue is by handing over Bashir to ICC and peace shall swing in the whole Sudan if you are to resolve Darfur crisis quickly.
      regards,
      stanford

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