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Uganda president apologizes to Sudan’s Bashir over ICC remarks: SUNA

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July 14, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The Ugandan president Yoweri Musievini phoned his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan Al-Bashir over remarks made by one of his cabinet ministers on cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his arrest.

Ugandan president Yoweri Musievini (L) and Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (R)

Yesterday the Ugandan state minister for international relations, Henry Okello Oryem told reporters that there is a possibility that his government would execute the outstanding arrest warrant for Bashir if he visits.

“An arrest warrant for Bashir has been deposited at the office of the Solicitor General,” Oryem said.

“It’s up to [Inspector General of Police] Gen. Kale Kayihura to arrest him,” he added.

Sudan official news agency (SUNA) quoted Musievini as telling Bashir, who is in Egypt, that Orem’s statements do not reflect his government’s position.

SUNA added that the Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa delivered a letter to Bashir at the coastal Egyptian resort of Sharm Al-Sheik where both men are taking part in the Non-Aligned Movement summit.

Kutesa said that the remarks attributed to Oryem was a “media error” and that his country cannot allow for the arrest of its guests.

“Only dogs are the ones that bark at its guests” SUNA quoted Kutesa as saying.

The Sudanese head of state was invited by Kampala to take part in the Smart Partnership conference held later this month.

The Ugandan based Daily Monitor newspaper said that the Sudanese embassy did not confirm Bashir’s visit.

The Ugandan official added that his country is committed to the African Union (AU) decision in Libya this month instructing its members who are have ratified the Rome Statute not to cooperate in apprehending the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir despite their legal obligations to do so.

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

The Daily Monitor interviewed the Inspector General of Ugandan Police Maj. Gen Kale Kayihura who said that he would only act if there was a “harmony” in the government position on Bashir.

“We do not have any instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Attorney General [to arrest Bashir]. I am sure what [Okello Oryem] was saying is that it is ultimately the decision of the police to arrest,” he said.

Kayihura said that Bashir’s row is “complicated” but that he expected a “sovereign” and “rational” decision to be made.

Over the last week Ugandan officials have been making contradictory statements on their commitment to adhering to the Rome Statute which they ratified and arresting Bashir as such.

The Ugandan minister Oryem has told the Daily Monitor last week that Bashir will not be arrested if he attends the summit.

However, the Ugandan foreign ministry later issued a statement reiterating its commitment to the ICC.

Today Musievini’s press secretary, Tamale Mirundi told reporters that his boss would issue an official statement to give his stand on the ICC row.

The ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo who is visiting Uganda met today with Musievini.

The statements by the Ugandan official yesterday on apprehending Bashir drew sharp rebuke from Khartoum.

The Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson Ali Al-Sadiq told the independent Al-Sahafa newspaper that Uganda “must understand the dangerous consequence of the ICC involvement in Africa”.

Al-Sadiq, said that Uganda’s statements reflect “a fluctuating position” adding that Bashir has no plans to visit Kampala in the first place.

The Sudan Vision website also quoted the Sudanese diplomat as saying that the Ugandan regime should be reminded about their massacring of the Acholi people in Northern Uganda, before talking about justice.

Several Sudanese columnists pleased to Bashir not to travel to Uganda for the summit.

“Lots of Africans worship money and for money they would do anything…therefore Mr. president should not indulge in this adventure,” Kamal Hassan Bakheit editor in chief of the daily Al-Rayaam said.

Bakheit, who is also Al-Bashir’s nephew, accused Uganda of being a safe haven for foreign intelligence agents including Israeli ones saying they want to “ambush” Al-Bashir when he travels there.

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  • 15 July 2009 07:22, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Mr Famous Big-Logic-Boy < Fraud

    Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy < original

    People keep creating fake statement on the media while facts for arresting this criminal are behind the desk. If Uganda is a member of ICC then what is could be for Ugandan president to carry out the arresting? Why did Uganda want justice by accusing Konyi (LRA) to ICC and leaving bashir to roam in its territory? This is crazy don’t just mix simba with plesina bottle and talking rubbish. Bashir and his crazy nephew has nothing to say rather than acussing Uganda for nothing, If Bakheit want to stop his uncle from being arrested let him not jumble his mind about Israel and rubbish. Israel is home to African (blacks) not you terrorist group of sadists.

    We African , we will remember Israel in history because they have been helping us like brothers from one mother and this give them can rights to attack any criminal who is both enemy to Africans and Israel themselves. They can attack basher and even take him to ICC since you arabs are against the blacks (Christianity) and Jews. You arabs it is better for you to tell your monster to report himself to ICC before been traped into the death trap. It is unlikely that you arabs (alibinios) are World number one people with bad reputation, killing, terrorizing, murdering, grabbing and all crap things are yours.

    the dinkas/junglese were tought such behavuirs and now they are bringing them to South, but I and we as wise people we will crook them to ground level. Unless the junglese behave within their jungle states not in Juba or Equatoria in large. Don’t panic about the rockets from China, they are nothing to you Mr Museveni just prove your braveness by convincing this criminal to enter your terroritory and arrest him. Israel is behind us if the arab terrorist are unhappy about the arrest or if they want to fire their missiles.

    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)

    • 15 July 2009 07:31, by Ambago

      Somebody somewhere there had said it all, after all Al Bashir is not a chicken thief. why don’t we just wait and see what will happen when he finally puts his foot on the Ugandan soil.

      Museveni need not scare the prey. This guy needs to be lured in slowly and I guess the whole thing should be left to the sharp man, Henry Okello Oryem as he has already changed his position for positively adhering to his countries Laws and Constitution.

      As for Al Bashir, I think he has a chance here to prove to the entire world, whether Museveni is really worth of being taken seriously or not.

      Yes Al Bashir, do it once and for all. By travelling to Kampala and where you would hopefully be arrested then in that way you prove to the world that you are indeed just boasting around for nothing, but if the Ugandans come running to welcome you, then you prove the opposite point, that you are in deed the conqueror of the Nile.

      I am sure you will never let your pride to be injured by all this talks here and there and I wish you a happy stay in Kampala a city full of friendly agents who are keen to see that justice is done to the people of Darfur.

    • 15 July 2009 08:40, by Lokorai

      Good from you Logic boy, there is no way the Ugandan President could have done that silly thing or act behalf of an imperialist against the Sudanese President.

      He was in Libya and African leaders have agreed to ignore Western pressure through the ICC. Thanks Mr. President (Museveni), Africans must be Africans, no matter the differences. Its time to rise and be Africans.

      For boys who bark every time they hear about Al Bashir, shut your hell up, you don’t know what you are after or how this world works and this an African moment! Evil must be overcome by love and peace.

      Kissing ground for the West every day as if they are ’gods’ must changed, its has long gone, open your eyes and be proud of who you are.

      Al Bashir must finish the good work he has started in 2005 and trust he will deliver freedom to Southern Sudanese in January 2011 (Inshalla).

      Many Ethokuth Kapalak!

      Lokorai

      • 15 July 2009 19:36, by Freedom Fighter

        Lokorai,

        Our freedom has already been delivered by the two million fallen comrades. Omer Albashir can’t and will not deliver any thing to the Southerners other than poison. Don’t you know he is the one who is behind Dr. Lam Akol now. Please, trust only freedom fighters. They are up to the job, and they will deliver you all your wishes in 2011.

    • 15 July 2009 08:51, by David Deng Makuei Nhial

      I apprecaite all the comments posted to this website today especailly from those who always go contrally with the interest of Southern Sudan, thus truly Bashir is just wasting money by briefing African and ues of war threat but soon fact will previal (his arrest)

      I all disagree with Uganda appology to fucken Bashir who is the supporter of LRA which has threaten peoplle of Uganda and South Sudan for many years and particularlly Equatoria region, didn’t he know that if Bashir is handicup Konyi would surrender alone sharm on Uganda for the change their brave position.

    • 15 July 2009 09:39, by cholabdi

      Hey Mr. Logic, what do you mean by word I and WE in your statement BIG DOG

      • 15 July 2009 11:22, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        The Word applies to myself with my ERM and Equatorians as whole not you coward dogs. Wait for your time to join your masters (arabs) but we (Equatorians) will never go like blinds with arabs. Deny the facts but your madness will reveal it the next morning, you will prove it to the World. Your madness made you to hate Museveni last time for no reason but only jealousy, you believe that your Garang was murdered by him, but BIg no. Museveni didn’t touch your dictator only God knows the reason. Take notice that next time when you fellow arabs to north probably our animals chicken, goats, sheep, cow will begin to acuse you, they will begin to sing in your stomach of dinkas, they have shown you an example by two plane crushes. You ate them during the war while we where in front of fire protecting you like our wivies. Shame on you!

        • 16 July 2009 00:37, by Son of South SudanKG

          Hello people,

          Brothers I have to late you know this some of you knew it already I guest. But some still have to know it and learn it.

          A diplomat/politician is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

          So fool people like my brother FBLB will do it or belief in.

          The conversation between Uganda president and the president of Sudan, you have to see on other side.
          The people who are in the government know what they are doing. So we don’t have to waste our time on it.

          For you FBLB only

          Why are you just keeping blaming the Dinka’s? Without them and others tribes you pssy could be nothing than a dog. So be happy that you still barking brother. I’m not generalizing all Equa’s that they are like you, but you FBLB have to be born again.

          You said that Arabs are Dinka’s masters, which is not true. Actually what you are trying to say is that they were your Masters and The Dinka’s, Naath, Nubian release you from it.

          Just say that there were some Equa’s in the frontline, but they weren’t protecting. Yours wives weren’t protecting, maybe by giving a pssy to the really worries.

          Generally

          Try to love one another here; there is aint no turning back to the bush again. Our bush is 2’11. So brothers from 10 states of South Sudan late come together. The future of Sudan/South Sudan is in the youth hands. We the people that can bring the changes to our homeland no need to listen to barking dogs like FBLB by hating others tribes.

          This was written by: SOSSKG

    • 15 July 2009 14:01, by Gabriel Green

      It is very wrong for president Musseveni to apologize to a criminal.A criminal is a criminal,

      And it is very shameful to the minister who disclose such a strategic plan of musseveni to the world,he deserve to dismiss not to repeat such a mistake one time.

    • 16 July 2009 05:01, by marialmachar

      Hi logic boys,what got wrong with your constant tongues always on your men who,re your shields against your men Arabs who made homosexual to you....
      Logic boys never joke with Dinkas becoz they,re not only super powers S.Sudan but Sudan wide. but if u fucken logic boys , what you,re doing is name description becoz you called yourself logic & you,re really doing logic anyway.
      Fellow Dinkas, logic are barking dogs & are horse too.
      As the goes, the dog bark while the horse ridding on & that is more superior you can be.
      By Marial Machar

  • 15 July 2009 07:34, by Ajuscommando

    It’s a big surprise to hear that President Yoweri Musievine of Uganda apologies to Khartoum government because of the threats. I can say that, Musievini is not brave or courage leader since he feared Omer Bashir before action. I would like to tell Yoweri Musievini not to weaken himself since Khartoum government will not reach Rank in the border of the South-North. We Southerners will allow Khartoum government to come back to South land again forget of Uganda which is thousands Kilometers from the North. I belive SPLM/A have courages leaders of the South and they can not appologies to Omer Bashir on the decision they have made against Khartoum. Please leave Musievini alone if he fear Arabs and Kony will get opportunity to fight him soon.

    Ajus

    • 15 July 2009 07:37, by Ajuscommando

      Correction on something in my first message

      It’s a big surprise to hear that President Yoweri Musievine of Uganda apologies to Khartoum government because of the threats. I can say that, Musievini is not brave or courage leader since he feared Omer Bashir before action. I would like to tell Yoweri Musievini not to weaken himself since Khartoum government will not reach Rank in the border of the South-North. We Southerners will not allow Khartoum government to come back to South land again forget of Uganda which is thousands Kilometers from the North. I belive SPLM/A have courages leaders of the South and they can not appologies to Omer Bashir on the decision they have made against Khartoum. Please leave Musievini alone if he fear Arabs and Kony will get opportunity to fight him soon.

      Ajus

      • 15 July 2009 11:52, by Chokrot Pandun.

        Hey president Yoweri Museveni don,t withdraw your decision of the threat of Omer Al Beshier is nothing and we also behind you. Please continuous with your program to arrest this sudan president, he is like Joseph Konyi who used to kill innocent people of Uganda likewise to president Beshier we appreciate you for your crucial decision you have taken against Beshier be brave like the hero of Africa let him face court for crime he commited against humanity in the western region of Darfur to explain himself in the court we hope that you will do it since you are not coward like others president of Africa.
        Bravo!Bravo! Yoweri Museveni for the crucial step you have taken. Museveni Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  • 15 July 2009 07:50, by BUSTA 2

    To Museveni!!

    I think Museveni is fearing the powerful long range rocket which Bashir is having now because whoever dare with Bashir will smell blood.

    Kiir, have you seen now how people have starting to fear Bashir yet your boys are still shouting nonsense.

    Take care Brothers in South Sudan.

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

  • 15 July 2009 08:11, by Father Critic

    Politicians are different people,they say yes instead of no.Let him come,he will case the day he was born.His being in Sudan is nothing to me.Innocent people are dying in Darfur and it is him who is the cause of their death.

    Shame on those who are supporting Bashir not to go to Hague.I know who they are and what they will do.It is good to be good than bad to good.

    Logic dog,would you mind telling your coward Equatorians to change within this week please? Your comments are always meaningless.

    Critic’s criticisms are critical to Khartoum Government,so you have to follow my way of commenting instead of beating around the bushes.If you fight change, change will change you.

    Critic Ngueny from Bor town

  • 15 July 2009 08:59, by M.C.C Kul-chi-gongic

    Dear Readers

    Ugandan president Yoweri Musievini is a brave man but at this stage he changed his colours until criminal arrived in Ugandan territory. It was just yesterday that Ugandan State Minister for International Relations, Mr. Henry Okello Oryem told reporters that there is a possibility that his government would execute the outstanding arrest warrant for Bashir if he attempt to visit Uganda next month.

    According to my understanding of this situation the apology from president Musievini is a short cut to drag Al-bashir to come to Uganda. This apology is totally politic because its recently came after ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo met Ugandan president Musievini last night in Ugandan Royal Hotel. You guys don’t worry just relax and wait... his arrest warrant has been deposited at the office of the Solicitor.

    As you see he (Al-Bashir) and his terrorists government in Khartoum are panic. His nephew cried this morning and accused Uganda of being a safe haven for foreign intelligence agents including Israeli who wants to fuck Al-Bashir when he arrived in Ugandan soil.

    He is nearly to face justice... ha aa aa aa aa aa the ciminal is going to Hague to die like his uncle Saddam Hussein of Iraq. God help Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Yoweri Musievini to catch criminal Al-Bashir as soon as possible.

    By M.C.C Kul-chi-gongic

    • 15 July 2009 10:08, by Leo Abi

      Mr. Yuweri Moseveni! this time you seem to have bent to low, anyway politics goes round and comes round. The most important and the determinant factor will the going and coming back of Omar the one they called the president of Sudan.

      • 15 July 2009 10:41, by Man of facts

        Apologises on offence maker!
        Ugandan government relationship is
        not yet defined with Sudan.

        THANKS

  • 15 July 2009 10:52, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Ugandan President apologized because secrete for arresting Albashier was mistakenly disclosed, this Ugandan State Minister deserve to be ousted for this shameful Country mistake, yet Omer will not touch Uganda Land, if he do and uncultured then i can conclude that Most Presidents in Africa Countries Afraid of Omer because of his Sophisticated Chinese Weapons. Specially the new bought ones.

  • 15 July 2009 11:42, by Apalo Mana

    Yesterday we heard from Ugandan government warnning the Sudanses President Al-basheir not to put his foot even near the Ugandan boarder and today we are reading in the headlines topic written[Ugandan President Apologizes to Sudan’s Basheir over ICC]and if you keeped going on you will find that there’s mistake made by the one of his cabinet Ministers Mr Musievini stop pretending because we are stil remembered things that you have done it in your country in 2005,I want to say what ever you apologizing it doesn’t make difference unless the ICC make apologizes by itself to the president Omer Hassan Al-basheir then we will giveup

  • 15 July 2009 12:05, by mohamad adam

    mosevini is a president of an indioendent country
    not in nurseri school in politics like the splm leadership
    wmome are just after t heir own interest [moneywise]

    not a thug like the junta of south sudan wake up and stop talking about respectable african leaders this is not your kir or machar

    • 15 July 2009 15:14, by Epuol

      It is better for all people of Uganda to apologize to Bashir, rather then the Country to apologise for anather Country.

      • 16 July 2009 00:20, by wandebe basa

        Bashir should stay away from Uganda
        Wednesday, 15th July, 2009 E-mail article Print article

        THE Ugandan Government is in a tricky situation over the pending visit of Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir. Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and is wanted in The Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

        As a signatory to the Rome Statute, Uganda is obliged to apprehend and hand over suspects indicted by the ICC. However, last month, the African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, Libya, passed a block resolution that none of its members should execute the ICC arrest warrants against the Sudanese leader.

        The two scenarios put Uganda in an awkward situation, as a member of the AU bloc but also as a sovereign state with international obligations.

        The ICC prosecutor Moreno Ocampo, who made a whirlwind visit to Africa and Uganda this week, rubbished the Sirte resolution as not binding on ICC.

        Endorsing the ICC statute was voluntarily done by individual states and not regional blocs, he argued. Ocampo insists Uganda should arrest Bashir if he comes for the Smart Partnership meeting due on July 26.

        Arresting Bashir would not only result into a diplomatic fracas and risk a war between the two nations, it would, also mean that Uganda has betrayed the Sirte resolution.

        On the other hand, the Government would be condemned if it dragged its feet on its international obligations as a party to the Rome Statute.

        The fact that Uganda itself has referred a case to the ICC and that it currently holds the seat of the UN Security Council, makes its position even more complicated.

        The best thing Uganda should do is to advise the Sudanese leader to stay away from the summit the way South Africa did when faced with the same dilemma. This would be a win-win situation.

        The Sudanese leader should understand this and not try to embarrass his host by insisting on attending the summit.

        • 16 July 2009 00:24, by wandebe basa

          Ocampo!
          Wednesday, 15th July, 2009 E-mail article Print article

          EDITOR—I don’t understand why there is so much fuss about the visit of the icc chief prosecutor Luis moreno-ocampo to uganda! Ocampo has failed to bring to book other leaders like george bush, tony blair and Dick Cheney and many more responsible for thousands of deaths in iraq because they are big fish!
          Jako david waluluka

          • 16 July 2009 12:45, by Makol Dhal

            Uganda position is inept! The best way to know the Kampala position should not be this web, rither than African broadcasting so that, Kaguta should to talk airout like a man.



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