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Ethiopia slams ICC decision against Sudanese president


March 5, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian government condemned today the arrest warrant issued yesterday against the Sudanese President saying it is against the interest of Sudan and Africa.

Ethiopia, the host country of the African Union headquarters, reminded it is statement the AU position on the case which supports President Al-Bashir and requests the deferral of the ICC jurisdiction on Darfur crimes in order to settle the conflict politically.

"It would not be wise, prudent and in conformity with what would be in the interest of the people of the Sudan, our sub-region and Africa as a whole" said the statement on Thursday. It further recalled that at its first meeting on the matter, the AU’s Peace and Security Council decided to request the Security Council, in conformity with Article 16 of the Rome Statute, for a deferral.

"The Government of Ethiopia has been saddened by this latest development and requests the Security Council to respond favorably to the request already made by the AU, a request which reflects the sentiments of Africa as a whole."

Ethiopia, which is not a state party to the ICC, would be the first country to receive the Sudanese President after the issuance of the arrest warrant. Al-Bashir should lead the Sudanese delegation to attend the Ethiopian Sudanese Higher Committee which will be held in Addis Ababa on March 10.

The AU’s Peace and Security Council decided today after an emergency meeting to send a high-level delegation to press the UN Security Council to delay the indictment of Sudanese President for a year.

Also the Arab League, which adopted a similar decision yesterday, said today it would coordinate its efforts with the African Union.

After nine months since a request of arrest warrant for the Sudanese President filed by the ICC prosecutor, the Pre-Trial Chamber 1 followed Occampo’s findings on the counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes and responded positively to his request.


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  • 6 March 2009 04:30, by yasuck

    Ethiopian government needs to shutup. They can not be able to defend that thug, Al-Bashir without causing them backfire from others who did not agreed with them in this matter. If they think, they have a say in this matter, how came they did not solved this problem before it reached there. They are the big loosers, they losed in Somalia and so much that I am not going to say. I think what they are doing is misleading. Let them try by allowing that thug into their country without him being arrested in their soil.
    Nobody above the law and any bad things anyone do against any humanbeing will one huant him

  • 6 March 2009 09:16, by Angelo M

    One observer was right when he said "African Union is leading from behind." They only follow when somebody had taken the risk of leading. I really wonder if their views really represent "Africa."

    It clearly had no power to defend it members, or speak honestly against injustice (See Mugabe with Zimbabwe). It is always leaning on the West to carry it out its goals.

    If you can’t help me, don’t try to repesent me please. Look, when Darfur people were being butchered, they were asleep or at least watched the show (Remember Rwanda in 1994) until they got money from the West to go and help. Secondly, they (AU)didn’t have the nerve earlier to confront Bashir in his reign of terror in Sudan, and now AU is claiming to know what Sudanese interests are? What a joke! I wonder who this awkward moving force within AU?

  • 6 March 2009 09:39, by Mr Point

    Who will take responsibility to supply aid, now that the aid agencies have been kicked out by Bashir?

    Will the Sudanese government take responsibility for its own citizens?

    Will Ethiopia provide aid to victims in Darfur?

    Will the African Union now provide aid missions to the displaced people?

    Will the Arab League send planes with supplies to feed starving people?

    They should tell us how they plan to deal with the humanitarian situation.

  • 6 March 2009 10:05, by Tadesse

    Meles, PM of Ethiopia and Top leaders of TPLF should be the next personality to be named by ICC. They are talking high now because they know what they have done for the last three decades. We will provide all the evidence to ICC about the crime done by these individuals.

  • 6 March 2009 13:53, by Nhial Reath Thoan

    The Ethiopian Government may have a point there, but the only thing is "everyone will reap whatever they saw."

    Bashir did a lot of bad thing on the original Sudanese Citizen, in which God brought them Today to justice. So the only thing you will know is this," Whatever God said should happen, no one can say no."

    • 6 March 2009 15:21, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

      Thanks you Nhial Reath Thoan.you think wisely because you were born along the torritory of sobbat river[Nasir].God knows what Bashir did to the whole sudanese.let’s pray to God who will help us to put Bashir into the hands of ICC to stand before judge.no matter how long the Ethiopia government will try to defend Bashir the almighty God will help us.
      many thanks.

    • 6 March 2009 16:46, by g2b4ri

      ICC do the right thing!

      Icc must deliver justice to all without exception.

      The muslim world believe that Bashir’s arrest warrant issued because is a sitting muslim leader.
      At least Bashir was making some progresses in solving the Darfur crisis.

      But what about Meles of Ethiopia and his right-hand Berekat?
      The situation in Ogaden is much worse than the Darfur. Publically both Meles and Berekat have directly
      admitted about their action in Ogaden, so unlike Bashir they are directly responsible for genocide in Ogaden

      What about the genocide that committed in Gambella region?

      If the continous humanright abuses in Oromia fell on deaf ears it’s understandable because Oromo
      are the majority of the country and inorder the minority to rule over the majority the only means is humanright
      abouse system.
      On the other hand abusing basic humanright of Oromo in Oromia by Ethiopian rulers started before
      the universal humanright declaration was written and before ICC was established.

      Double standard will only leads us to double tragedy.

      • 7 March 2009 04:44, by Mohammad100

        Dear all,
        There is a saying which goes like this: Birds of the same feather flock to gather. I have been reading one of my classmate’s (Yaadasaa Dafaa) writing who is a graduate of Khartoum University and was a Political refugee from Oromia (one of the Ethiopian opposition political entity who are advocating to librate Oromia). Up to now I could not grasp fully when he was saying that Bashir and Meles are twins. Here is a piece of his writing which happen to be full of unshakable truth. Enjoy!!!

        According to a new book by an insider journalist and a writer close to the ruling party, Tesfaye Gebreab, Aba Dula Gemeda was unable to disclose his income source, to OPDO executives, of building a villa that worth 700,000 ET. Birr. "The issue was brought to Meles Zenawi" The book reads, "We can’t touch Aba Dula as we don’t have any loyal person [from OPDO] to replace him. " Zenawi responded. The puppet president of the Oromia Region, Aba Dula Gemeda, who faced another challenge, had donated his villa to OPDO last week, according to the weekly reporter, Amharic news paper. The news paper also commented on Mr. Junedin Saddo, a senior OPDO member and minister of science and technology who donated his embezzled plot of land in Adama to his party. "Junedin didn’t say anything about his 3 million Birr worth villa at Letafo." The paper said.OPDO is accumulating wealth embezzled from the poor by its leaders. Several sources are unfolding that the looting and suffering of citizens has continues in the last two decades of Meles Zenawi rule. Government’s anti-corruption efforts are meant=2 0to destroy political foes than the loyal corrupts like Aba dula Gemeda. To that end an anti-corruption commission has been formed in Ethiopia since 2001. The former prime minister, Tamerat Layne and defense minister, Seye Abraha were victim of dubious corruption charges who served 12 and 6 years respectively in prison. According to Transparency International, Ethiopia is still classified as one of the most corrupt states in the world, as close circle of people in power are looting the nation. The anti-corruption commission itself has proved to be the most corrupt organ of Meles Zenawi’s regime. It is very difficult to abandon corruption so long as Meles Zenawi himself is benefiting from it. A recent report indicates that Meles Zenawi’s wife, Azeb Mesfin has rented her modern building to state owned telecommunication for 60 million birr. News obtained from Indian Ocean Newsletter exposes Meles Zenawi’s top men are accumulating wealth at the expense of the majority poor. According to the ION, few people, including Azeb Mesfin, are owning and running dozens of multi-billion campanies. The recent phenomena signify embezzlements has become beyond Zenawi’s control. In his discussion with coffee exporters earlier this month, Meles Zenawi said "10,0 00 tons of coffee bound for export has disappeared recently". This bound of coffee worth about 20 to 23 million dollars. Professor Seid Hassan’s analysis gainsays Zenawi’s anti-corruption effort. Professor Seid Hassan links the systemic and structural nature of corruption with ethno-centric minority rule. One can not reasonably expect to root out corruption by a one-party, one-man dictatorship setting up a fake anti-corruption commission. It is simply meant to paying lip-service to the cause of good governance to decieve donor countries.

        Since such are the actual deeds of the present Ethiopian Headman Meles Zinaw, why should it amazes me if he beats the dancing drum with Omar Bashir now!!!!

        Asalaam Aleikum,

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