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Sudanese media advertize Bashir’s visit to Ethiopia

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April 20, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese media extensively advertized today the travel of the President Omer Al-Bashir tomorrow to Addis Ababa in a way to defy the International Criminal Court arrest warrant issued last month.

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President Omer Al-Bashir is greeted by supporters in Khartoum upon his arrival from Saudi Arabia on April 1, 2009.(Getty)

After the ICC decision, it had been decided that Bashir travels outside the country should be well prepared and kept secret. It was the case particularly for his visits to Eritrea and Libya. Also his participation in the Arab summit had been a surprise for many.

However, President Al-Bashir instructed to divulgate the date of his return to the county after a short stop in Saudi Arabia to perform minor pilgrimage (Umrah) rituals.

President Omer Al-Bashir is expected tomorrow in Addis Ababa heading a high level delegation to participate in joint meeting with the Ethiopian government to discuss joint cooperation between the two countries.

On March 4, the ICC judges approved the prosecutor’s request for an arrest warrant to be issued against Bashir on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The ICC prosecutor lastweek called to isolate Bashir by degrading contacts with him. "On practical terms the states must sever non-essential contacts with Bashir and degrade diplomatic relations with his country and avoid attending any event with him [Bashir]" he stressed.

However Ethiopia which is not state party to Rome Statute slammed the ICC decision and said Sudanese President would be welcomed.

For the Sudanese officials advertizing "safe trips" to friendly countries is a good propaganda for the government, critics say.

The joint committee will discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations and tackle ways to reactivate the implementation of signed agreements. The President Bashir and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will head the two delegations.

Besides the border issue and the security cooperation the meeting will discuss joint agricultural and energy projects. Also the parties are expected to sign an agreement on the importation of manpower between the two countries.

(ST)

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  • 21 April 2009 11:11, by Tolossa

    Bashir,
    Don’t think that Ethiopians are willinging to wellcome you to their land; you the killer and the murderrer and the dictator.
    Meles Zenawi has got a political purpose to be friends with you.He thinks that if he doesn’t support you against the ICC arrest warant,his opposition groups will base themselves in Khartoum to enable them lauch attacks against Addis.
    The man you see, Meles Zenawi, can tell you how to end Darfur political crisis and how to end the whole crisis in the Sudan in general.You are not a good leader ,so don’t pretend to be a better leader.Your government is failed.Shame on you.

    Take care or you better not come to Addis.
    God bless People of Darfur.

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    • 21 April 2009 17:29, by Aba Jobir

      So sad! It seems to me that the visit of the tyrant (BASHIR), is an insult for the people of Darfur (who are deterred from basic rights of being human) as well as to the people of Ethiopia. We know this from very beginning. We know it from very beginning that tyrants are soft to each other. Meles Zenawi the primer of Ethiopia, who is best known for his hooked and crooked speeches and leadership of his brutal police force and national armed force, most importantly the death squad of the region is also tyrant the same way Bashir is known to have armed and led Janjawids to eliminate and unfortunate ad helpless people of Darfur. The warrant is yet to be issued to Mr. Meles Zenawi the tyrant friend of Sudan’s Bashir for his involvement in the chaos that Sidama, Oromo, Agnuak and so many ethnic group of Ethiopia seen most importantly for the incidence crime he and his et al committed in Ogaden area. We hope the best day is ahead to come for those who are in need of justice and and fair trial in each prison cells in the country.
      So, we do not be as such marveled if Bashir visits Addis Ababa because that is the major plan for tyrant to defy his arrest warant.
      Peace and justice for those who are desperately looking for it.

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  • 21 April 2009 17:09, by Joseph Jamene

    President Omer Al-Bashir is correctly expected in Ethiopia.The visit of the President of Sudan to Ethiopia should be seen from the prespectives of the natural dependence,relationship and the pragmatic needs of both states.Both nations hold the vast challenges of cross-border human traffic as well as the unique regional diplomacy of The Nile River Nations and a the vast potential of cross border that could overlap the most accepted and noted economic forecasts as currently knowen as The Global financial crisis.

    Ethiopia and Sudan should freez trade in hard currency.

    Ethiopia and Sudan could establish a joint body of standards and values towards direct trade in materials with out financial transactions.

    Ethiopia and Sudan could come to a trade pact based on the vital resources of Energy and Agriculture.

    All of us should take in to consideration that emerging economies as that of Sudan that is based on single material as oil and gas as a vital factor could face challeges in international Diplomacy as is the rules of post colonial era and as commerce and trade could be refined to and be subject to the media manupilations of Monopolies.

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