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.