July 18, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Taha and Presidential Adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail will tomorrow Saturday travel to Libyan to brief the Libyan leadership on developments in the situation in Sudan.
A crisis committee headed by the First Vice-President Salva Kiir Mayadrit has decided last Thursday to undertake a series of contacts with the friendly countries and allies to counter the ICC Prosecutor request to issue an arrest warrant against President Omer al-Bashir.
Mahjoub Fadl Badri, the president’s press secretary, told SUNA that the crisis committee in charge of managing the crisis with the ICC decided the diplomatic action
In the same context Presidential Assistant, Nafi Ali Nafi will visit Qatar to deliver a message to Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa from the Sudanese president.
On the other hand, Presidential Adviser Ghazi Salah Eddine Attabani will fly to Iran to deliver a message from Al-Bashir to the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to explain the Sudanese position on the charges filed by ICC Prosecutor against Sudan’s president
ICC Prosecutor Moreno- Ocampo requested an arrest warrant on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The prosecutor filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order al-Bashir’s arrest.
Ocampo accused Bashir of running a campaign of genocide that has killed 35,000 people outright, at least another 100,000 through a "slow death" and forced 2.5 million to flee their homes in Sudan’s western region.
Sudan does not recognise the ICC and refuses to hand over two other Sudanese — including a current cabinet minister — who face outstanding arrest warrants for alleged crimes in Darfur.
Vice-President Ali Osman Taha said this week that the indictment of the Sudanese President will hinder the implementation of the peace accords signed with former rebel the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
"We can’t go along with implementing the CPA or other agreements with a president that is subject to international trial," he added, in reference to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the 2005 deal that ended two decades of civil war in the south.