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Ugandan rebel chief negotiator wants Bashir’s ICC indictment suspended

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By James Gatdet Dak

August 21, 2008 (JUBA) — The Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) chief negotiator in the stalled Southern Sudan’s mediated Juba peace process, David Nyekorach Matsanga, on Wednesday said President Al-Bashir of Sudan’s indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) is an obstacle to peace in the Sudan.

David Matsanga

Speaking to journalists at Juba International Airport shortly before his plane took off to Nairobi, Kenya, Matsanga said Beshir’s indictment by ICC is an obstacle to peace in Darfur as in the same way LRA’s leader Joseph Kony’s indictment and warrant of arrest by the same court is an obstacle to peace in northern Uganda.

Kony was charged of war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly responsible for brutal killings, maiming, raping and abduction of people, some young children, in a war that has spilled over to some neighboring countries.

Matsanga called for suspension of the ICC’s indictments to both President Al-Bashir and Joseph Kony to give peace a chance.

On the stalled Juba peace process, Matsanga said the process would resume soon, but he could not reveal a specific date for the resumption. He also said the agreement needed some sort of scrutiny or certain items needed some clarifications in the final draft of the agreement before they could ink it.

Matsanga was not specific on whether the items were related to the ICC’s indictments of LRA leadership and how they would continue to affect the signing of the Final Peace Agreement.

In a statement over the BBC on Tuesday, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for LRA affected areas, Joachim Chissano was reported to have been contacted by Joseph Kony who requested for resumption of the peace process.

Chissano who was the former President of Mozambique reportedly said the process would resume within the next one to two weeks.

The peace process witnessed a setback in mid April this year when the LRA leader refused to sign the final text of the agreement, citing ICC’s warrants of arrest hanging over his head and his two other colleagues as an obstacle.

The rebels have been waging the war in northern Uganda for 21 years, claiming to have been fighting against marginalization of the people of Northern and North-eastern Uganda by the Kampala-based regime.

Analysts describe the Juba peace process, which is mediated by the Southern Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar as the best chance to end this brutal war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced nearly two million people and still poses a security threat regionally.

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  • 22 August 2008 05:56, by biarawieu

    Hi Mr David’ please keep your mouth close in this case, you are a birds of the same feather. you shouldn,t talk of Al-bashir is Indictment while kony has been given arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court with the same charges file aganist him.

    Its clear that Kony, Al-bashir and the others group who are involved in war crimes are really playing their Olympic games in the greater Equatoria. and this why David was interested in suspension of ICC Indictment. let me asure you, Indictment is not a threat to peace in Sudan or Uganda even without this two criminals. we forget about them and they will go to hell in peace.by Biar M Bul (BMB).

  • 22 August 2008 06:25, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Those fake creatures who act like they were born to kill have nothing to do with. Konyi you and your brother al bashir are needed b y ICC, how much you keep hiding still you room is waiting, we know that you have been supported by al basher this is why I can see that right now your crying for your own future whenever al basher has reach the destination, but I want to remain you that there is no way for you and al basher, however it is good to apologist early and ask forgiveness from both Northern Ugandans and Southern Sudanese in particular Equatorians. People like David are just like blinds who does not understand what had happened and how much it means to others, there is no joke with blood since we know that bloods means a lot in this World.

    • 22 August 2008 09:47, by Catfamily888

      let all go.
      I laugh!
      Both Kony and Basir were first friend what got wrong.
      I laugh.

      • 22 August 2008 15:26, by David Yol

        The indicement process should not be delayed that it can prevent Al Bashir with his greatest friend kony for they had been planing and scheming in long time ago for their lessons of which they had achieve their objectives oherwise they should not escape or creat any accuses of what so ever for any wage or penalty since it was amoung their expectation. pliz two Stand firm on your deeds.

        • 22 August 2008 16:01, by John Lemi Stephen

          Mr. David should think twice before uttering such statements as Bashir indictment would temper with peace in Sudan. Where is that peace he is talking about in the first when those(Jangaweeds and other arabs militia) receiving orders direct from Bashir are still raping, looting, killing and doing all shorts of havocs...in Darfur? He, ’David’ should be quiet in his sanctuary before he recieve his own warrant of arrest from the ICC. The LRA and those wild arabs in Sudan will never escape justice.

          View online : LRA should be quiet

          • 23 August 2008 02:39, by Moe Montana

            David & Bashier!!

            Your all dummies, all you people commenting are either RETARDED or were dropped on your head alot?! Honestly, Puppet leaders are heads of state in Africa, but Omar & David are real Leaders!

            I’m disgusted by you people, Sudan’s finally moving forward and you keep us moving back! Hypocritical critics.. Honestly, they don’t want it with Sudan, Mc Nimir, El Mahdi, they really need to go read up on our history!

            And for those whom think Sudan should bow down to the West, we bow down only to God. And any one whom thinks otherwise shall bowdown to their maker under Sudanese Soil.

            PS: bring coffins with you yea ;)

            • 23 August 2008 08:23, by AJAK

              To moe.

              Idiot, you don’t even know who is God. You think Beshir is God. He has to be hanged like Sadam.
              Duany



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