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Sudan warns Uganda over violating AU decision on ICC

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July 12, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese government warned Uganda that it must to honor the African Union (AU) decision not to cooperate International Criminal Court (ICC) in the apprehension of the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP)

Al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Last week the ICC prosecutor filed an appeal for the inclusion of genocide charges that were dropped by the judges for lack of evidence.

Last week the African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, Libya adopted a resolution instructing its ICC members not to cooperate in arresting Al-Bashir despite their legal obligations to do so.

Botswana is the only country to publicly dissent from the AU decision saying it will nab Bashir if he reaches its territory.

But on Friday Uganda issued a statement appearing to backtrack from the AU resolution it endorsed.

“As a signatory to the Rome Statute, Uganda Government re-iterates its commitment to the Statute and support to the ICC. This position is shared by the other African States Parties to the Statute who clearly expressed it during the Assembly meeting in Sirte, Libya,” the foreign ministry statement read.

“Uganda Government supports the African Union Assembly Decision….of February 2009 requesting the UN Security Council to defer the ICC indictment for twelve (12) months, in accordance with Article 16 of the Rome Statute”.

The statement made no reference to the AU decision taken in Sirte or whether Uganda will adhere to it.

The independent Al-Sahafa newspaper quoted an unidentified Sudanese official who said that any Uganda’s stance will negatively impact the latter more than it affects Sudan.

The official said that all African countries must adhere to AU decisions and any state that doesn’t do that is breaking the African consensus.

The ‘Ultimate Media’ website quoted Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa as telling reporters in Kampala that the decision is viewed by many as “a manifestation of lack of respect and support for the ICC Rome Statute by African leaders”.

Kuteesa said that the AU simply wants an AU deferral to allow African countries “to investigate further on Bashir’s case such that they can give their recommendations on his indictment”.

The independent Sudanese Al-Sahafa newspaper reported that Bashir is scheduled to visit Uganda on July 26 to take part in the Ugandan-Turkish forum.

The Ugandan State Minister for International Affairs Henry Oryem Okello told Daily Monitor newspaper that Bashir will not be arrested during his visit.

Uganda’s stance on Bashir’s arrest warrant has been ambiguous despite backing AU decision criticizing it.

The Ugandan president Yoweri Musievini said last March that he wants neither to “condemn Bashir” nor “condone his actions”.

(ST)

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  • 13 July 2009 07:05, by Ajuscommando

    Warning should not be the solution for the ICC case against fucken Omer El-Bashir the next terrorist to Osma Bin-ladan. I would like to tell the unidentify sudanese that, your friend Bashir must to face justice like other in the world and should not hiding himself since he committed big crime against humanity.
    In addition to that, Sudan must to respect international law like Sudanses he force them for justices since justice has no different either in the country or international. We need justice in Sudan so that Khartoum terrorists should keep quite like their friend Bin-ladan who trained.

    Ajus

    • 13 July 2009 07:37, by Ambago

      Uganda is among the 30 African countries who are signatories to the Rome Statue which created the ICC and as such it has obligations to abide by the ICC decisions.

      However, if Uganda and the others who were fooled by Ghadafi into adopting yet another opposition stance by endorsing the Sirte resolution that requests the African states to refrain from arresting al Bashir for his crime in Darfur, then these African countries should have gone another step further and completely pull out of their ICC memberships, thus making life easier for every one.

      The AU as a regional body in fact has no direct legal links with the ICC though over half of its member counties are signatories to the Rome Statue. This should be made clear to those who want to confuse things for people in the AU.

      People like Ghadafi should receive the message well, because it is neither them nor the AU who sent the 30 African countries in question to join the ICC. These countries in fact joined the ICC on their own accords as individual and independent countries and their memberships and duties towards the body (ICC) remains to be judged on the same basis.

      Sudan has no any right to signal unwarranted threats at Uganda if the later choose to live by the ICC standards like its sister, Botswana.

      Anyway al Bashir’s expected trip to Uganda shall be the final test in Museveni’s integrity and he should chose well as to what legacy he would want to leave behind when he finally abandons power.

      Does he Museveni) want to be remembered a a sympathizer of a person who committed genocide on the black Africans of Darfur, or does he want to be remembered as a leader who fought for the rights of those oppressed and victimized in Darfur?

      Dr. Justin Ambago Ramba, United Kingdom.

    • 13 July 2009 10:09, by Sala Gai

      I did not understand the arrest of Mr President Omar al Bashir to appeal in justices, Mr president do not commit any kind of crisis in Sudan if so, then many of us will appeal in the count for crisis commit for humanity likely 1990 of Dr LAM AKOL AND FRIEND SHOULD ALSO FACE JUSTICES IF IT’S THE CASE OF BASHIR
      LONG LEAVE JUSTICES IN THE SOUTH.

      BY Salah Gai De Mabior

    • 13 July 2009 23:17, by Dan Dimond

      Warnings or pointing fingers towards one another may not be the solution for the ICC case. At this stage,the people of sudan at large are waiting to see justices, those who are acountable for the crime should not panic.

  • 13 July 2009 07:50, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Mr Famous Big-Logic-Boy < Fraud

    Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy < original

    Mr Museveni just let the crimianl get into your territory don’t send him a signal. Your always behind South since the cruel dinkas party of SPLA. Bashir is your enemy because he is the engine of fuel to LRA. Don’t waste words just let him come into the death trap and you know what to do criminal. If we crook him (bashir) means LRA has no where to survive. Riek doesn’t have any source of supplying his cousine Knoye (LRA) with food or weapons.

    Logic is the chairman and founder of Equatorian Resistant Movement (ERM) after achieving its objectives and goals it will reverse to Sudanese Revolution Movement for Democratic (SRMD)

    • 13 July 2009 09:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Uganda should do the right thing. It should stand for Justice wherever injustice prevails. They are in Somalia for that reason. It should therefore protect Justice in this globe.

    • 13 July 2009 09:16, by anajenubi

      You are Just a Madi who does not have a stand, just today you are Ugandan and tomorrow you are Sudanese.
      You are not happy with GoSS because your ass and your uncle Kony is kicked out of Juba where you were supplied by Bashir.
      Sorry boy
      Next time when you dream GOSS is not there

      • 14 July 2009 10:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Yes I am a ma’di before anything that is man-made:- Sudan or Uganda. OK you dwarf in understanding

  • 14 July 2009 11:45, by Apalo Mana

    I am not understood of what the Sudanese government told of warned the Uganda government do they mean to force the Ugandian government to follow the AU decission my advice is for the President Al-basheir to be save don’t put your feet in Uganda because you have been warned and do not be deaf is better to keep your self save from the trouble and do not listen what the AU said is good to be aware



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