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Bashir’s indictment would overthrow Darfur peace process - Taha


September 25, 2008 (NEW YORK) — Sudan’s Vice President Ali Osman Taha has urged the United Nations to defer the prosecution of President Omer Al-Bashir on charges of Darfur crimes saying it could bring down efforts for peace.

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Ali OsmanTaha prepares to speak to the United Nations General Assembly September 25, 2008 in New York. (Getty)

The International Criminal Court (ICC)’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. It was only last week that judges have started reviewing the case in a process that could possibly drag on to the end of the year.

Speaking to the U.N. Assembly General today Taha said that the no peace could be reached if the international community didn’t stop the application of arrest warrant filed by the ICC prosecutor to the pre-trial chamber.

"Realisation of peace in Darfur and in Sudan, and the steps taken by the prosecutor-general of the ICC are two parallel lines that can never meet," said Taha at the end of 15 minutes speech before the Assembly General.

The Vice-President said Ocampo charges would hinder the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. He presented the Sudanese President as a man who works to implement peace and conducts democratic transition in the country.

"The arrest request targeting the country’s leader, symbol of its sovereignty and dignity, is a failed attempt at political and moral assassination and derailing the peace process," he said.

He also reiterated the commitment of the Sudanese government to the Darfur peace process, and accused ICC move of hindering t this efforts because its encourage rebels to not take part in the negotiations he said.

"We would like to stress anew from this podium our complete commitment to achieving a peaceful and political settlement to the Darfur issue," the vice president added.

Under the Rome Statue, the treaty governing the ICC, the U.N. Security Council can invoke Article 16 of the treaty to suspend jurisdiction of the court in a case for up to one year that can be renewed indefinitely.

However such a resolution requires the affirmative votes of 9 UNSC members without a veto from a permanent member of the council.

Yesterday the U.S. Special envoy to Sudan said the United States will veto any UN Security Council resolution that defers the ICC indictment of S President Al-Bashir.

“If asked—if forced to vote today—the United States, even if it was 191 countries against one, would veto an Article 16 [resolution],” Ambassador Richard Williamson said at a hearing of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, on Wednesday.

The Vice President urged the international community to meet their pledge made at Oslo summits in 2004 and 2008. He also urged the U.S. to lift its economic sanctions on Sudan.

"We also call for lifting of unilateral sanctions against our country that defeat the real purpose for comprehensive peace, which is that Sudanese citizens enjoying the fruits of peace," Taha said.


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  • 26 September 2008 05:36, by Kur

    Sir, there is no peace without justice.And all in all,criminals must be persecuted regardless of the outcome, and the people Sudan deserve to see this mass killer face the ICC. In fact, he enjoyed the sight of the burned children and raped women, and now he must also face the music of his crimes.


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    • 26 September 2008 07:22, by Kiir

      mr, 2nd vp before your speech at UN general assembly I had already predicted what you going to say and I was right. Mr, vp your name is in the list too and emphaszing fear as a tool to scare people to think twice before indicting your gang leader is a hooks you can only scare people in sudan not behind sudan borders. Mr vp your hands are full with innocent blood too all these wars waging for years you are a part of it what did you do to prevent the war from happening in frist place . I am sure history will tell exactly what good things NIF/ NCP done to innocent people of sudan beside killing them. Mr, vp
      your days are numbered you and
      bashir and all your gangs members will face justice one by one there is no place for you to hide is one thing you should know from now on word.

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  • 26 September 2008 06:46, by Freedom Fighter

    This guy called Taha who is now believed by NCP/NIF to be their hero and the most smartest man in the Sudan was in fact a very simple person. During Dr. Garang time, Taha almost switch side to the SPLM. He was overwhelmingly impressed by Garang’s ideas and his leadership. I believe Taha would have been SPLM member if Garang still alive today.

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    • 26 September 2008 07:47, by Jur_likang a likan’g

      Mr Freedom Fighter,

      Garang was on the wrong path that is why he died pre- mature. You can not assume your long time enemy to change abruptly to friendship for no sinister reason. Never trust northerners. They are political chamelions. Today they are NIF members, tomorrow they are umma party members and you will not be surprised for them to be DUP members. What they all want is our land minus us. So be careful junubi.

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      • 26 September 2008 08:35, by Jacob

        Dear Vice President Osman Taha, please never mix the justice with the act of criminals in the Sudan Dafure.Killing the native of the land in the name of unknown policy is very painful.My advice to the International Community,please let the justice be made for my people in the Sudan.You know very well what had happened to Saddam Hussein the notorious Leader in the midle East not to talk about Charles of Liberia who is now in the Hague.Let my leader Bashir prove himself not guilty in front of the law.Sudan leaders your time is limit try to change now.Comphrensive Peace Agreement is even sick and need to be taken to the hospital.This should not be the issue.
        ICC leaders please go ahead with your work God is with you.

        Jacob Jeremiah(GAMR)

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  • 26 September 2008 09:26, by Paul Opio

    The arrest warrant of Albashir by the ICC is Jusfiable,to me i don,t see the important of Bashir in the CPA, its continental lie for V.P Taha, to inform the world that the arrest of the Hassan AlBashir will jeorpadize the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) this agreement has been at the state of fragility from Day one not simply because of arrest warrant issued to the Sudanese president, since the peace was signed what significant change have been realised that made it unique from the time of War, there is saying that Justice delay is justice denied.

    CPA should not be used as tool to dictates laws which are important for the satbility of this nation, if the arrest warrant could sobatage the CPA, let it fails nobody will regret the failure, we all went for peace because it was felt by all parties as the only option. but shoudn,t be used as mechanism to beat great thinkers down. Honestly, with all the suffering this country under went i dearly agreed with the Court prosecutor Loius Ocampo for the charges he counted on the president many more are there but not disclosed.

    Mr. Taha, should not be using defensive mechanism, to close the eyes of the Judges he is also one of the culprits badly needed in the hague he is only trying to widden ways of cancellation of the case, how many Africcan Leaders were sent to Hague but their countries are still existing in their absent, the absent of Albashir will not affect the continuity of the CPA, this agreement was made at the eye of the International communities and all the marginalize Sudanese have agreed upon to ammend this deal, it was not Bashir Initiative for your information. Dr John Garang the great thinker and Icon, who was the leading signatory in this agreement lost live in Helicopter crash and left the CPA to continue all its Dimension, so the important of Hassan Albashir in this deal is minimal (Not seen) little is being learnt from Bashir regime from day one till now. Please judges do all that you could do to make people understand the right to lives of others and the strength of the Laws.

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  • 26 September 2008 10:36, by Yaak Barach

    Take a look at Taha’s photograph.
    A "BLACK ARAB"!!!! Sure there is nothing like that as there are only two major races in the world; BLACK or WHITE. Arabs are white. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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    • 26 September 2008 15:16, by Gatbentiu

      Hey Guys! Taha is right here,if we are talking of democracy,justics,and human right,I never heard of any president in the world talken to ICC while still on seat,If ICC is capable of bringing peace,democracy and human right in the world,why not bringing President Bush of America to justics? if you compare what Bush had done in Iraq and Afganistan to what our president had done in Darfur,and indeed to the whole Sudan,if it happen you are one of the ICC lawyer,
      who amongst the two presidents can you sentence to life imprisonment?
      I know all of you can say Beshir,but Beshir did not attacked any outside nation,and Bush did it.
      Please here we are talking of justic and equity,do not talk of muslims or christians,let religion not divide us.
      Its fine that Omer can be taken to court but not outside Sudan,and not now as he is still on the seat of the country.
      Let’s not insult our leaders who know you may be supporting Omer in the forth coming election,"Politic is dirty game" and "there is no enemy in politics but only opponents".
      I love you all who had contributed on this web site.

      The author can be reached at:man@hotmail.com

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      • 29 September 2008 05:08, by Deng Ayuel Deng

        Mr. Gatbentiu

        Politic isn’t a dirty game, it becomes dirty when a dirty man like Al Beshir involves himself in a dirty politic. So many attrocities are being committed in Sudan and as the president of the country Beshir is always so lazy to bring peace into Sudan.Thus, it’s time now to get his ass up and face the ICC

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    • 29 September 2008 10:10, by Mabor Adut Mayor

      Bastard look at your backwardness and from barbaric tribe in sudan. what of charles taylor in Liberia was he no apresident please shot up your mouth.

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  • 26 September 2008 15:12, by Agutran

    This was a slap in the face to Salva Kiir, we all know in Sudan Kiir is the second ranking man after Bashir and because of that Kiir should be the one addressing UN General Assembly instead of Taha.
    Did you guys now see the height of disregard imposed to Southerners?

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    • 27 September 2008 09:55, by majok Toch koriom

      Hi comrade,who are you to talk about the indictment of president Bashir ,please let me beg the world that you and your president Bashir are all fugitives rather then you help him ,my question is that my vice president and president where are the prisoners of war of the southern Sudan since the peace was signed you and your crooked administrations in the North did not release our people you captured in south
      also to be frank you deserved to be taken also if you wish you are not the Sudanese

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