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Brazil president declines seat next to Sudan’s Bashir in Qatar

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By Wasil Ali

April 1, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva refused to sit next to his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan Al-Bashir during a lunch banquet in Arab Gulf state of Qatar, a newspaper reported today.

Both leaders were present for the 2nd annual summit for Arab and South American states held in Doha yesterday.

The Brazilian ‘O Globo’ newspaper said that da Silva was told that he would be sitting next to Bashir and the Somali president Sharif Ahmed.

The newspaper said that the Brazilian leader “ate only the appetizer, and to see the arrival of the President of Sudan, which was delayed, stood up, greeted him [Bashir] briefly and left saying he had an appointment”.

The Brazilian foreign ministry claimed that “no words were even exchanged” between Bashir and Da Silva, the newspaper said.

The Arab-Latin states summit yesterday avoided taking any position on the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant against Al-Bashir.

It was reported that the South American states have refused to add language to the final declaration adopted by the summit rejecting the ICC arrest warrant or expressing support for Sudan against threats to its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The summit attended by Bashir, hailed the efforts by the Arab League and the African Union (AU) to resolve the Darfur crisis. It called on the Darfur warring parties to cooperate with the international community and respect the international humanitarian laws.

The declaration also stressed the importance of respecting human rights in Darfur.

The newspaper suggested that the “embarrassing” incident was due to the fact that the Brazilian head of state did not want to be seen next to Bashir.

The report said that the Brazilian presidency’s formal position was that Da Silva “wanted to rest” before scheduled meeting for the afternoon. But ‘O Globo’ said that the Brazilian leader “avoided speaking with the press and having to answer questions on Bashir”.

This is the first time Bashir is confronted by such a situation since the ICC warrant. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is reportedly avoiding any interaction with the Sudanese president per advise from his legal department.

European Union (EU) rules also prohibit its members from meeting with individuals indicted by the The-Hague based court.

Brazil is one of the countries that ratified the Rome Statute and was one of the UN Security Council (UNSC) members when resolution 1593 referring the Darfur case to the ICC was adopted.

However the Brazilian delegation at the time abstained from voting in protest of a language added to the resolution for the purpose of excluding American citizens from the jurisdiction of the court if hypothetically implicated in Darfur crimes.

Last August the a Sudanese delegation headed by state minister for foreign affairs Ali Karti visited Brazil, as part of a South American tour, to rally support for Bashir in face of the ICC indictment.

Most South American countries however appear unenthusiastic to lend any support to Bashir.

The president of Chile Michelle Bachelet said she does not share the position of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez or the Arab League which on Monday adopted a resolution rejecting the warrant of arrest against Al Bashir.

Yesterday Chavez slammed the ICC warrant saying that the court should indict former US President George W. Bush for crimes in Iraq rather than Bashir over Darfur.

Chavez, whose country is an ICC member, also invited Bashir to visit Caracas, though he voiced concern about his safety during foreign travel.

Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur, the chairman of the legacy faction Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) hailed Da Silva’s stance while rapping the Arab League.

“It is inconceivable that the leader of a country thousands of miles away from Darfur would stand by the side of morality while those who are geographically close to us and claim to be our brothers choose to support the villain” Al-Nur told Sudan Tribune by phone from Paris.

“We were hoping that the Arab League would take a firm stand against the killings of our people in Darfur but they took the opposite direction and rallied behind the man responsible for their misery. They uttered no word on Bashir’s expulsion of aid groups that are providing Darfuris with food and health care” he added.

“This is very sad and regrettable. Why would the Arab League be so vocal about few thousand people killed in Gaza and not on 300,000 slaughtered in Darfur? Are they not human beings? This is exactly the double standards they complain about” Al-Nur said.

This week the Arab League issued a strongly worded statement in support of the Sudanese president calling for annulling the arrest warrant which they described as violation of international law.

The statement also urged its members not to cooperate with the ICC in executing the arrest warrant.

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  • 2 April 2009 04:37, by HONEY

    HAHAHAHAHAHA
    Who wants to seat next to a war criminal. a man who calls himself president and his people are known as refugees around the world. who do you govern Mr Albashit? Ha? shame on you, Ayibu kwako, have manners, Tabia njema.

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    • 2 April 2009 05:49, by Aduol Liet

      Brazil President perhaps, he is the most popular man in the world and I think he was right to sat any where he wanted let those Idiots leaders supporting most wanted man. Arab nations did not even feel a shame at all because that is the way they did things particular in Islamic Ideologies. Anyway thank for those who stay a way from Omar al Bashir.
      Sincerely
      By Aduol Liet.
      U.S.A

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  • 2 April 2009 08:04, by Garang

    Who really needs to sit besides someone who smells shit

    congratulations Mr. Lui Inatia, Dont let Al bashit sit next to you because he sting, he smells bad, and he is going to ashame you sitting next to the most wanted Terrorist know for murder, torture, and rape. Dont ever sit next to him with his womanised stinky shits that he is wearing.

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  • 2 April 2009 08:56, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Mr Luiz Inacio, you did it absolutely perfect and correct upto the hearts of Sudanese people and Worldwide as whole. Leave Qatar alone for excepting a criminals into it’s territory. This journey of Bashir to Qatar could be discribe as "the ship’captain is locked up, the navigator ignored, and the crew has ears only for the foolish words of their rebellious demagogoue leader who just promises them what they all want". It is a shame to sit next to criminal line, Somali is another home for mess like Durfur. What you did was a nice examples to those blind and fool who tolerate the bloodshed of Durfurians. The Function of a man is the exercise of his soul, in acordance with a rational principle. The function of a good man is to expert such behaviours. You have done yours and you have earn a great crdit from the entire people in Sudan. Bashir and those barbaric junglese in south has no differ, except the color, but still there are brown dinkas who where prodeced in their intermarriage with arabs.

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    • 2 April 2009 16:22, by Trueson of Southerner is Back

      Dear Big Logic boy.

      your hatred toward Dinka will earned you nothing but a curse from God.please leave nonscene comment against the Dinka.
      you shown your dirty colors to us so many times of which Bashir is even more responsible than you.

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  • 2 April 2009 09:52, by Lual Garang De Lual

    Bravo, Mr. Lula Da Silva for your courageous stand against impunity and injustice committed in Darfur. You have now added a value to the Sudanese people as their only outstanding critic against Bashire because all the Arab countires are being threatened by BASHIRE’S Allies of AL QAEDA, HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH and ISLAMIC JIHAD.

    This is why the nearest Arab states with borders to Sudan refuse to recognise the court then being destabilise by the terrorists allied to Al Bashire. We the people of Sudan heal your stand against atrocities committed by this criminal. May the God who created mankind in his likeness to be the same in all forms give you courage to withstand those bewitching your position as a true compaigner for the universal equality in all principles of life.

    "Life’s rewards go to those who let their actions rise above their excuses." The Arab world is putting the Gaza problem as an excuses for sparing Mr. Bashire but the true still remains that Darfur has lost 300,000 people in six years compared to Gaza which lost 1,300 in three weeks.
    An other is the issue of one country killing its own people and two states struggling for one territory. There is no connection here between Sudanese and Palestinians conflict.

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    • 2 April 2009 13:14, by Wilson Wutchok Dhal

      Wow! it is interested, Silva you are the real man to do what is right like that.

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  • 2 April 2009 17:39, by Kuanlualthoun

    White Brazilians are very racists to black people( as in They don’t care about us lyrics, by Micheal Jackson) so, for this devil to refuse sitting by our president is nothing more than the normal act of those backwards. Some of us behave as if albsheir is our public enemy number one, which I don’t think so as long as he is still doing business with us(CPA),common let behave ourselves!! let us give peace a chance! Sudan is our African country, from west to east, south to north, as Dr. John used to say’ people talk about the separation of south Sudan, but to who will we leave our North Sudan??’ Yes, why are we talking for separation of our country, when we are the one that is supposed to oppose the idea of dividing Sudan, as we are the majority?? if it is because we are being rulled by our minority Arab brothers, I believe it is just a matter of time becfore the situation in Sudan will become just like that of South Africa, when apartheid, created by minortity white south Africans was ended and the black majority begin to lead the country to date!! We will live with Arab brothers in the one Sudan that is governed by the majortiy rule of law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are we so scared!!

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    • 2 April 2009 18:19, by Wilson Wutchok Dhal

      My friend!

      Let me assure you, we the true southerners will not and never be part of north Sudan. if you are still without realising the solution of South-north conflict from South korea with North Korea then it is too late to call north our north otherwise i don’t have stamp at the back of my battock to support Arabs.

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      • 2 April 2009 19:26, by Mr. Moto Moto

        I couldn’t agree with you more that the marriage between South Sudan and North Sudan is heading for a long awaited split. It is irreconcileable and irreversible. It is a pity some South Sudanese prefer to hang on. what a shame!

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      • 2 April 2009 22:24, by Kuanlualthoun

        Wilson is orginally a white name, as it is put by Malcolm X, black people aquired those white names from their slave masters, they call you Johnson to denote that you are owned by him as your master!! I wonder hy some of us(free men of Africa) still calling themselves with those slave names!! it is better to have a stamp in your ass than to name yourself after your white master, isn’t?????????????????????

        Any country has north, south, east and west, they are just geographical locations!! there is no logic behind your believe that we can’t live together with our northern brothers!

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      • 2 April 2009 22:27, by Kuanlualthoun

        The name Wilson is orginally a white name, as it is put by Malcolm X, black people aquired those white names from their slave masters, they call you Johnson or Wilson etc to denote that you are owned by them as your master!! I wonder why some of us(free men of Africa) still calling themselves with those slave names!! it is better to have a stamp in your ass than to name yourself after your white master, isn’t?????????????????????

        Any country has north, south, east and west, they are just geographical locations!! there is no logic behind your believe that we can’t live together with our northern brothers if Sudan will be governed by the majority!!

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    • 4 April 2009 00:25, by FGRpapa

      Mate, I am not complaining about you, this is just a heads up, you are really not well informed.
      I am white, and I am Brazilian, there is a lot of people in Brasil that came from Africa, mostly (if not all) Sudaneses and Bantos. In our schools black and white people study toether, black and white teachers teach and there is no problem with the color of your skin.
      If you want to acuse someone in Brasil of being racist you should say her or his name first and never generalise; you should first take in consideration that probably 90% of the brazilian heroes are black, that the main sports that brazilians love to play have even more black than white players and they play together; of course my country has a lot to improve in terms of relationship betweeen people from diferent social status but you should go to Brazil and live there for some time to get used to our way of life, if a black dates a white there is no gossip... it is just a guy and girl, there are no white or blck friends, we have only friends, do you understand me?
      Rich people black or white, usually avoid intimacy with poor peeple, but this is not in regards to color, it refers to "money", it happens because sometimes they are snob or posh and they fell themselves unconfortable because rich and poor people do not share the same willings even when they have the same color white or black.
      Poor people in Brazil can be of any color, black or white and both will have the same problems in regards to oportunities, even dough you should try to put your head above the others, try to make your efferts outstand and show your value... it does not deppend on your color to do that; so... please... do not come to me with "Michael Jackson" talking about racist people... you should be kiding!
      In many places in the world you can see people that do not like people because of the color of the skin, even black that do not like black, orientals that do not like orientals, etc... you can see people killing people and for me, "if you killed someone, it does not matter the race of this someone... you became a killer". Please do not generalise things like racism because this is not fair with a nation full of love.
      Our president himself, Lula is not white and he is not black either... he is brazilian, he is from a poor and semi-dry area of the country, he came to São Paulo in order to work in the main industrial city in the country, he was really a poor guy and you can see on him "the face of the normal brazilian people" the face of our people is in his face, you can recognize black and white traces in his face, hair, color, etc.
      Brazil does not take position against any country internal problems, the only behavior should be help in acquire a status of peace between the different groups inside the country. Brazil will not stop selling food to Sudan because of a man, Brazil will not stop helping the construction of the ethanol usim because of a governor, our relationship with Sudan has to grow... presidents come and go and the land and the people remains the same and should be protected, only the development of the country will give to the people the necessary tools to live in peace, north and south of Sudan together creating a nation.

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      • 5 April 2009 12:23, by Kuanlualthoun

        Mr. PGRpapa!!

        Thanks for the insight!! well I well informed about the black story in Brazil, I can admit that the situation of the so-called negro in Brazil was better than of Mexico and Argentina and other countries in Latin America, that is why black Brazil has the largest population in the South America! There is racism everywhere in the world as a matter of fact, I met many brazilians, some were good, other were bad, I suppose you are right by advising not to generalize!!

        I personally don’t hate Brazilian people, I am big fun of Brazilian football, I admire people like Ronaldino, Ronaldo etc, however, western are good at using black people in sports, to generate them fortune, it doesn’t mean they are not racist!!!!

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      • 5 April 2009 12:25, by Kuanlualthoun

        Mr. PGRpapa!!

        Thanks for the insight!! well, I believe I am well informed about the black story in Brazil.

        I can admit that the situation of the so-called negro in Brazil was better than in Mexico and Argentina and other countries in Latin America, that is why black Brazil has the largest population in the South America! There is racism everywhere in the world as a matter of fact, I met many brazilians, some were good, other were bad, I suppose you are right by advising not to generalize!!

        I personally don’t hate Brazilian people, I am big fun of Brazilian football, I admire people like Ronaldino, Ronaldo etc, however, western are good at using black people in sports, to generate them fortune, it doesn’t mean they are not racist!!!!

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  • 3 April 2009 14:33, by Othogomoi

    This is the begining of your end al beshir.
    do you know why Da Silva refused to sit near you because you body is smiled Bloods of innocent people of South Sudan,Darfurians.
    Am very sorry to see that all arabs are just going wrong direction,even the religous leader don`t correct them from all mistaken being committed.instead they support.what a hell are they goping?

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