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Libya, China push for inclusion of ICC suspension in UNAMID resolution

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July 25, 2008 (UNITED NATIONS) — The Chinese and Libyan delegations at the UN Security Council are pushing for including a paragraph referencing the possibility of suspending indictment of the Sudanese president by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad (R) and British Permanent Representative to the U.N. John Sawers vote during a meeting of the Security Council at the United Nations July 11, 2008 in New York City (AFP)

The Inner City Press website reporter at the UN reported that Libya wanted to include a paragraph that mentions the possibility of invoking Article 16 of the ICC Statue regarding the authority of the UNSC to suspend its work on a case.

The inclusion was going to be in a resolution extending the mandate of UN-African Union hybrid force (UNAMID) in Darfur which ends on July 31st.

Article 16 of the ICC Statue states that “no investigation or prosecution may be commenced or proceeded with under this Statute for a period of 12 months after the Security Council, in a resolution adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, has requested the Court to that effect; that request may be renewed by the Council under the same conditions”.

The ICC’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked pre-trial judges last week to issue arrest warrants for 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.

The Libyan proposal gained the initial backing of nine UNSC countries, the website reported, enough to make it go through assuming no veto. The countries that opposed it included France along with other veto wielding members.

However intense lobbying by unidentified UNSC countries managed to reduce support to the Libyan proposal to only two countries including China and South Africa.

However the South African hinted that they no longer insist on including the Article 16 paragraph to let the resolution pass.

The African Union (AU) this week asked the UNSC to invoke article 16 of Rome Statue and suspend any indictment of Sudan’s head of state.

It is widely expected that China and Russia would back such a step but neither have tabled a formal resolution.

However to gain an agreement within the UNSC, Sudan’s allies China and Russia must ensure that US, UK and France will not use the veto power to block a resolution on suspension.

Sudan has not ratified the Rome Statue, but the UNSC invoked the provisions under the Statue that enables it to refer situations in non-State parties to the world court if it deems that it is a threat to international peace and security.

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  • 26 July 2008 16:00, by Bolmany @artsch

    Both Russia and China are invisible instigators of all those messes in Sudan. They are selling war-planes and weapones to sudan and are now depending their customer( Bashir) inorder not lose thier market.
    " if the ICC is not only strong to indict weaks and developing conutries such as those in Africa,it must do same thing about Russia and China who are Sell jets and artileries to Sudan Government or the two( Russia and China) Shut their mouths of Bashir’s case.

    IF SANCTION WAS NOT FOR VULNERABLE COUNTERIES, THEY WOULD HAVE IT FOR THEY ARE DEPENDING THE CRIMINAL WHO THEY ARMED!

    If there is an article about the five permanent members of the UNSC who try to prevent thier allies who are guilty, they ( Russia and China ) must carry it for they did.

    By Bol Manyang

  • 28 July 2008 11:23, by gatluak Reat Nhial

    CORRUPTION SOME TIME IS THE BENEFIT TO THE NATION.
    if no delegations where will the nation survive or to what extend can we creates jobs? no way unless mediation and delegation due to specific matters are there. i therefore dislike UN very much for such issue a bout Sudan when do Sudan Problems occurs? and up to this date no solution from UN. i therefore know it very well United Nation trying could never result well in Sudan.

    View online : Libya ,China push for inclusion of ICC suspension

    • 28 July 2008 18:00, by Makwei Dejohn.

      I am not surprised the move taken by both China and Russia. I am only wondering why we don’t take any action, as victims of their actions, that will make them to have a second next time they wanna back their armed GOS. Can we?



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