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Rwandan president says ICC targeting African countries


July 31, 2008 (KIGALI) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Thursday dismissed the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a new form of imperialism created by the West to control the world’s poorest countries.

The court "has been put in place only for African countries, only for poor countries," Kagame told reporters in his monthly briefing.

"Every year that passes, I am proved right," he added. "Rwanda cannot be part of that colonialism, slavery and imperialism."

Kagame was referring to the ICC prosecutor’s call for an arrest warrant to be served on Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on war crimes charges over the conflict in Darfur, where Rwanda has some 2,600 peacekeepers.

The African Union and the Arab League have urged the UN Security Council to defer the decision.


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  • 1 August 2008 14:00, by Justin Chicago opiny

    Mr.president No African or poor countries is being targeted by ICC. Justice must prevail it is only ICC that could do that because some leaders in the poor countries are taking advatages of their poor people. We need democracy and justice and that is what counts. Now is the time to take all those big headed leaders who committed crimes against humanity to the ICC and no more cry of GENOCIDE!!!

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  • 28 August 2008 14:11, by Wilson Kur Lual

    Mr. Kagame your decision is unfair if your are planning another geonocide do it but, inside Rwanda and stop envolving in Sudan affairs. it is unwise for Rwanda to support plot of geonocide.

    I am sory!

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