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AU top official says summit agreement over ICC-Sudan row unlikely

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July 1, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The African Union (AU) summit is unlikely to adopt a new position regarding the International Criminal Court (ICC) following its issuance of an arrest warrant earlier this year, its top official said today.

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir attends the opening of the African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, about 600km (370 miles) east of Tripoli, July 1, 2009 (Reuters)

The Chairperson of the Commission of the AU Jean Ping told reporters that the items on the agenda of the summit include the issue of “abuse of the principle of universal jurisdiction”.

The phrase refers to the jurisdiction exercised by international courts under international law that bypasses local ones.

The Associated Press (AP) said that the item is believed to have been raised by the embattled Sudanese president who is attending the summit.

Ping told reporters that AU’s final statement would not adopt “dramatic or binding conclusions” for African members of the ICC.

However he said that African leaders “are tired are being the only ones targeted" by the ICC”.

Libya along with Sudan have lobbied its African peers to push for a mass withdrawal from the ICC in response to the arrest warrant. A conference of African ICC state parties held last month in Addis Ababa adjourned without an agreement.

The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi described the ICC as a “terrorist organization” following Bashir’s indictment.

Some African politicians including Ping accuse the court of unfairly targeting its statesmen while not looking at human rights abuses elsewhere.

The ICC is currently handling four cases consisting of Uganda, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Darfur.

With the exception of Darfur, all other cases have been referred voluntarily by their respective governments to the ICC for investigation.

The UNSC issued resolution 1593 under chapter VII in March 2005 referring the situation in Darfur to the ICC. At the time, Tanzania and Benin voted in support of the resolution while Algeria abstained.

It is likely that the AU will reaffirm its demand from prior summits that the UNSC use its powers to defer the warrant for 12 months that can be renewed indefinitely.

Some African officials have said that the UNSC is disrespecting the continent by ignoring this request.

This week the Egyptian foreign minister’s assistant for African affairs Mona Omar said that her government wants to focus on the issue of resolving the Darfur conflict and invoking Article 16 of the ICC statute.

However, she said that Cairo is committed to “combating impunity”.

(ST)

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  • 2 July 2009 07:41, by Lokorai

    Dear African leaders,

    Don’t succumb to USA pressure to allow one of your own to be humiliated; after all the charges are trumped up ones to remove a legitimate government of the African people.

    Tell the Americans to start sending Bush and others to the Hague not Al Bashir who acted within his jurisdiction to protect his people.

    Stand firm and never buy Koffi dream of becoming great when he hadn’t been one.

    Lokorai

    • 2 July 2009 08:58, by Demarjack

      lokorai,
      Its good to identified your stand with Omer Al Basher I know he is your mother second husband; wait both of you will face justice together.

      Last time I commended on one of my articles that those who are causing problem among the southern are the Basher Children who are been plant to destroy the CPA.

      I strongly worn you guys lokorai, logic Boy and the rest please just eat the money of the blood given to you by NIF and wait for your final judgement to come.

      Long Live South Sudan

      Long live SPLM/SPLA OYEEEEEEEEEE.

      Long Live Unity of South Sudan free from all evil art.

      • 2 July 2009 09:34, by No body

        Well you are right my friend who remain unanimous. It is true that some writers do not write for the betterment our Country but to destroy it. I don’t know what they will gain from that.

        You see guys let me advise you that we are posting on the web to change the Country, not abuse our leaders and the nation. If you have personal problem with any body or you have been bribed, just eat your money knowing your stand.

        For we know very well that independece will take us nowhere. ARabs will never stop making us slave if we don’t stand on our own legs. Even at home, no body always want to depend on his brother for help. you also need to have your own home.

        Thanks.
        James Tut

  • 2 July 2009 09:40, by Father Critic

    I really proud of myself for I belong to Dinka community in one way or another .Bad luck to those who are not.I wished I were them I would have killed myself.Look at the way Equatorians defend omer yet they were the ones being mistreated by Arabs in Juba and Torit.Anyway I can not blame them for they just know how to eat and sleep.But the question is;for how long will they be with their Masters?Are they not tired of what had been done to them when the war broke out in 1983? Beautiful ladies were brought by the chiefs of Equatoria to be fucked by their masters Arabs.Dear barking dogs,What goes up comes down.

    Your parents’husband must face the music within these days.Kiir Mayardit Oyee!Kuol Manyang Oyee!Nhial Deng Oyee!
    Critic Ngueny from Bor town.

    • 2 July 2009 10:14, by No body

      Mr Ngueny, you are writing better but it is not all Equatorians that are misbehaving. You only warn their writers who are very foolish and do not know any thing about the strugle. They were just from Uganda during the war and now they are trying to confuse the leaders. Again when mentioning names, pick from any community that is where we will change the mind of the rest and have a united South.

      Thanks.
      James Tut.

    • 2 July 2009 13:47, by Wadi

      Dear Nobody,
      It’s not a suprise that your vegue article did not include your names or any identity, you chose to identify with the Jenge, the ruling class - that alone explains your personal inferiority and mental disorder.

      your message is a shame not only to the Jenge elites but the entire nation.
      well let me educate you
      Every one has freedom of opinion that is what the guy was exerciseing here.

      I am not in total support of any super power, but pan Africanist. so lets get learning,
      Do tou know when and where terrorism started?
      who tough the Arabs terrorism?
      Well it was a tool of the west,and nurished in USA. How many innocent Africans suffered the merciless tyrant of the USA,in Congo, Angola, let alone the assasination of our anti west leaders like Lomumba of DRC, Samora Micheal of Mozambeque, dislodging of Kwame Nkrumah etc so it is time for them to reap what they sow.
      Did you know that the same Americans had been the strong supports of the Sudan Gov’t aganist the SPLA.

      Yes, Arabs like you, prefer to stay in Equatorial soil. what is life like in your land, a shame.
      some times one wonders if at all you guys think of your own selves. all you and the Arabs alike do is ferry ever on to equatoria even those at the vergue of summaring thier lifes.

      Needless to say that, same Equatorians stage the first quest for independence of the south, while some of your were still metamorphsising homosapien.

      Get it right, it is not who fucked who, but how one plays his/her cards neatly - that is politics, which is beyond your scope.

      Get asured that if Salva stop leaking American boots, that is when he will fall flat, the Americans will sponsor even the hopless idiot like you to overthrow his resume.

      Time will tell the truth

      • 2 July 2009 14:39, by Leave Us Alone

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    • 2 July 2009 14:27, by mohamad adam

      eh the one who said that he is proud to be a dinka
      man or so called you made me laugh from the bottom of my heart and it was a deep laughter
      mr monkey i would rather be a pig or a stray dog or even a donkey than been called a dinka i think you are just sakran and the marisa made you to feel iry and high to the extent of feeling proud of your laughable toothless mouth ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • 2 July 2009 15:12, by Father Critic

    To Hillary B.M.L.M (Porter).

    Let me inform you,Dinka is not a donkey on which anybody is free to take a joy ride.We know why we fought that was to restore the right and dignity of the Southerners including you people but you have against turned to be our enemies for unknown reason.I don,t like but I love Southern Sudan than you do.

    All of us excluding Logic Dogs are learned citizens of Southern Sudan but there is no need for singling out one tribe for no good reason.I would be very thankful if you tell Logic boy or dog to stop talking against my people.

    Anyway I can not insult you though you have insulted me.You are just like my younger brother.My being stupid is nothing because I know that I am not.

    The fact remain that if you fight change then it will fight you too.

    To Nobody,thank you for your advise but bear in mean that Equatorians listen through their eyes like deaf persons.

    Thank you too My dear brother Micheal Malual for your correction to those who don’t make out English language.Critic Ngueny from Bor town

    • 2 July 2009 16:19, by Leave Us Alone

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