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July 2, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The African Union (AU) foreign ministers voted on late Thursday night, in favor of a draft resolution calling on the African members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) not to execute an outstanding arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

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Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir arrives to attend a closed session on the second day of the 13th African Union summit of heads of state and government in Sirte, Libya Thursday, July 2, 2009 (AP)

The issue of the arrest warrant against the Sudanese head of state, was pushed forward by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who sought a commitment from the Rome Statute African state parties not to cooperate with the ICC in apprehending any African figure indicted by the court.

The direction of the draft resolution was reportedly resisted by some African countries including Ghana, Chad and Botswana.

The Ghanaian foreign minister Mohammed Mumuni told reporters that his government does not share the position of Libya.

“Certainly that’s not the position that we take…for us in Ghana there is absolutely no equivocation at all about our acceptance and respect for the jurisdiction, the integrity and high honor of dignity of the ICC,” Mumuni said.

However, the Ghanaian top diplomat called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to suspend the “ill timed” arrest warrant under Article 16 of the Rome Statute.

The summit in Libya was marked by chaos and sharp disagreements over proposals pushed by the host on creating a central AU authority with powers over foreign affairs, economy and defense.

Several heavyweight countries in the continent including South Africa and Nigeria voiced opposition to the proposal. The debate over the issue got heated and diplomats said that Gaddafi stormed out of the meeting twice in anger.

The draft on the ICC was circulated by Libya to the surprise of many delegations and discussions over the language of the text continued throughout Thursday night.

The original text proposed non-cooperation with ICC on “the arrest and surrender of African indicted personalities”. This would be in response to the inaction of the UNSC on the AU request to defer Bashir’s indictment.

Furthermore, it proposed creating an oversight mechanism over the ICC prosecutor and puts the possibility of withdrawing from the court.

But the final version of draft agreed for by the foreign ministers would specify that non-cooperation with the ICC on arresting the Sudanese president rather than any African figure as originally proposed.

“It was adopted,” a senior official in one of the national delegations told Reuters. The resolution still has to be approved by the African leaders in the summit.

It is not clear whether the new text will put to vote or if a consensus will have to reached for it to be adopted.

Last Sunday Gaddafi threatened his African peers that he may force a vote on the single African government that once approved by two-thirds of the leaders “the remaining third must respect the decision of the majority”.

Bashir and several African leaders have left the summit including leaders of Egypt, Senegal, Algeria and Equatorial Guinea and Comoros Island, according to Libyan state agency.

Sudan have expressed confidence that the AU will adopt the draft resolution sponsored by Libya though later a senior Sudanese official accused European countries of seeking to block it.

“We have heard the Europeans are lobbying (against the draft)," Sudanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Samani al-Wasila told Reuters.

“We ask the Europeans not to interfere. Most of our problems are coming from post-colonial countries”.

The French-Libyan born Counsel Hadi Shalluf speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone from Paris downplayed the significance of the draft text if adopted.

“This [resolution] would simply be inconsistent with the individual legal obligations of these states under the Rome Statute and international conventions. I really think that once these delegations return home they will forget all about it. Nobody can take this seriously,” Shalluf said.

“As I said before I believe that it is African nations which will arrest Bashir and extradite him to The Hague,” he added.

A conference of African ICC state parties held last month in Addis Ababa adjourned without an agreement on withdrawal from the court as pushed for by Libya, Sudan and other states.

For some of these countries withdrawing from the ICC would mean losing millions of dollars in aid from the European Union (EU) as some bilateral agreements link it to ratification of the Rome Statute.

New York-based campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that if the AU approved the draft resolution, it would mean the 30 African states who have signed up to the ICC would be in violation of their legal obligations.

“Basically this would ... give a free pass to Omar al-Bashir to traipse freely around the continent,” Reed Brody, legal counsel for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters

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  • 3 July 2009 05:32, by oshay

    This is absolutely phenomenal, this just shows why this government has survived for the past 20 years after being isolated and slapped with crippling economic sanction it has moved beyond that and now turn every crisis on its head. What other leader that has been indicted by the ICC has managed to turn an entire continent against the court. This is fantastic and shows you the skill and effectiveness of this government.

    This is just the first step I presume, I predict that of course article 16 will be vetoed by hostile powers which will only further anger the AU that will eventually lead to most desired en mass withdrawal from the ICC. Not only has this government managed to tarnish the reputation of its prosecutor but it has stirred many countries to shift away from its general support.

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    • 3 July 2009 06:52, by Garang Arok

      THIS AU MUST BE A DUMMY AND VOID SHIP

      Where is the vulnerable AU leading the continent of Africa to?
      The small club of presidents calling themselves AU must either be a void truck that deserves to be disassembled for good or else the way out will never exist in the continent of Africa.

      When arabs came to Africa for the first time,the African people thought they were their guests for a while but never expected them to squeeze in their arab cultures of brutalities into the spelt out systems by the indiginiouse.
      Now those arabs became a hell on us ahead of the awaiting hell.

      Nomatterhow much dollars al bashir may spend in lobbying his way out through the dummy AU,the end will still be the reality that will be felt by those crook dummies.

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    • 3 July 2009 19:57, by Kur

      I think you have got a wrong impression about your janjaweed’s government in Khartoum. Lies may seem as good as they look at first but the fact of the matter is that your terrorist regime is coming to an end soon. The same African countries which have tried to help Bashir avoid arrest will be the ones to arrest him. There is no alternative to that fact. The 20 years you guys have spent in power drinking the blood of the innocent Sudanese will come down on you like a hammer on the nail. Let wait and see.

      Kur

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    • 8 July 2009 15:50, by Joseph Dut Gak

      Why African leaders !

      Do they really thinks of doing right things and how long will it take them to proects themselves ?

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  • 3 July 2009 06:44, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    AU is now under the evil of arabs leaders what a big shame for sadist people to head AU. Only God knows the time that al bashir will come to his final trap. No mattar how those terrorist and fake islamic of arabs keep praising bashir for the genocide in durfur and African Sudanese in particular.

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    • 3 July 2009 07:16, by Leave Us Alone

      Keep smiling like that, your days are numbered. The ICC is not your average Kangaroo Court.

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      • 3 July 2009 07:42, by Lokorai

        That is good, let the USA and his agent "John the Baptist" Mr. Annan of Ghana go to hell.

        President Al Bashir must finish the job of peace in the country and let dogs bark all the way to nudity.

        Why remove the President that has done wonders to stop war in the South and the East? Why remove a President by a foreigner when the people that elected him say yes.

        Why remove a President on flimsy charges, leaving the rebels free? Why remove a President on another ’weapons of mass destruction’ - genocide charges?

        What of the democratic transition around the corner, how will it proceed if we obey American-Somali intervention to remove its leader by force.

        A peace now underway in Darfur...

        Sudanese know justice, its not about being a ’brother’ to impunity, but one thing at a time.

        USA isn’t serious, Africans you have done us pride, long live the unity of the African people, down with imperialists

        Lokorai

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        • 7 July 2009 11:43, by emmanuel adol

          what a good comment have you expose ,anyway sometimes is good to be confident with yourself as in matter of facts who are those barking dogs ? which peace have he brought ,which rebels have he freed,which democratic transition is around the corner, i think your just dreaming arabs meid ,stop being rubbish if you are with them go and open your dirty nus to them there not on this website idiot man i know such kind of people are not real black africans be ashame of youself .

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    • 3 July 2009 07:52, by Pothwei Apet Bangoshoth

      Hey, Big Logic

      Are you healthy? what confusion are causing on yourfelf? There are some contridictions on you statements. you need to be clear when addressing people. a few days ago, you told us something about your relationship with your president Omer elbashir and your connection with what so called Lord resistance Army (RLA). Today you are telling us different story acting like someone who doesn’t like omer. Below is a copy of what you said last week. please compare it with what you said today and judge yourself.

      Ex-UN SG criticize AU stance on ICC arrest warrant for Sudan’s Bashir

      30 June 2009 05:49, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      It is too bad to see Omer Albashir going to jail with big $$$$$$$$$$$$. I just hocked up with him to find a way to fight with those Darfurians and Jonglese in another word (Dinkas). Mr. Anan please stay away from Bashir. Let me get my little $$!!$$!! from him before he goes to??????. I signed a big contract with him for amount of $$$$ HA HA HA Ha Haha ha ha ha to bring what so called DR, Khalili to him. I am sure I will bring him to Mr Bashir. Also, I have a link with LRA Lord Resistance Arm. They are my best friends. We are not looters or food lover. We want to make sure that Northern Uganda is clean and Musevni is out of power by 2010.
      Mr Big Logic

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    • 3 July 2009 08:56, by Pothwei Apet Bangoshoth

      The "delay" of the Sudan presidential and parliamentary election at national and States level has become normal and routine to our leaders. According to the CPA, this election was scheduled for July 2009 but, recently for unclear reasons, it pushed to Feb 2010 and now it pushed back again to April 2010. April it is a rainy season in Sudan and it may not help people to move around especially to remote areas. If it continues and continues forever, what would be the situation of the referendum of 2011? Will it be delay untill general election takes place or will we skip the general election and proceed with referendum? This is a one of the serious violation to the CPA. It needs careful attention from all Sudanese people. We don’t want our election to be like Iran green revolution nor like what happened in Kenya recently.
      Please Put in your smart idea that could help us find better solution to the future of our great nation Sudan.

      Pothwei Apet Bangoshoth is a Southern Sudanese in diaspora.
      he can be reached at pothwei67@yahoo.com

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    • 3 July 2009 09:29, by Tony Alqaeda

      Wonderful man!

      It is a great shock to the southerners if Big logic nboy can say such words knowing that he is a southerner ,congratulation son of a bitch,i know that you are now satisfy with arabs gift and you have been sent to come and spy south.

      If that is your fault ground please let me caution you that we shall not forgive any traitors like you and even if you performed Mohammed miracle there will be no way out for you idiot.

      Dear Sudanese,Bashir is not a threat to us by then ,he is threatening Darfur whom he have already conquered their land and planning to finished them ,what about a land were there are Dinka ,Nuer and Pari ? will he threaten the Big three who know about their land ?.

      To all African presidents! they should leave us alone for we can handle him like the way we want,i do,nt understand the reason why are African leaders fear Bashir like if he is going to divorce them from their powers? shame on your weak unity among the lame,is that kind of united state of Africa you have been talking about you fool? Gadafi is trying to lead you to the darkness but he is bias on your act to Arabs countries.

      Even if you under mind the independence of southern Sudan ,Ooh my dear cockroaches , let me tell you we will make it by all mean whether you like it or not ,went war broke out in 1983 we never call you to come and particpated in our
      hardship solution but if we heard any state interfered with our affairs we will wipe you out of Africa map and then we will wait for your fucken reaction and quote me right,for Dinka never lies at any God creature.

      DINKA NEVER GIVE UP! BULLSHIT YOU TRAITORS .

      SPLA OYEEE SPLA OYEEE SPLA OYEEE.but there is no SPLA-DC OYEE.SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND FOLLOW US TO THE GAME OF DEATH!

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      • 4 July 2009 05:47, by Delta Yankee

        Bashir’s ASS will go to the hell soon. The world knows his game; he been paying it for years and it is time to go to hell.

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  • 3 July 2009 09:22, by M.A3

    Rule are known to christians people except stupid Arabs, all people respect the rules including government officials and judges, that is Louis Ocampo had to appeal for the consideration of the Genocide charges against this big criminal ahusband to big logic mother and he also fuck his father went his mum is tied too . rules are fair and applied the same way all the time, therefore the idle club of AU guys should not take the laws to their hands.

    the blood of the innocent Darfourain is crying in heaven before God. now for sure, is mad dogGaddafi and his guys at the summit know this, do you guys have a time really to read the Bible critically. please watch out. late justice be done, otherwise justice delay no justice.

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  • 3 July 2009 09:48, by M.A3

    I’m totally not happy of why mr.Al Beshir and Riek Machar always brought their criminals teeth out to the world, am wondering and sure indeed, it is because they are the birds of the same feathers that is why they are always laughing, they have nothings good to do than planning for brutality and atrocities act. both have participated fully in war crime against humanity and genocide.

    Even right now, Machar is fully involved in this ICC issue, he gave a call to Al-Beshir and Gaddafi on Thursday at 6:18 Pm requesting AU members to support the idea.

    Stupid Machar, you will never rule this nation unless by miracle, and remember no miracle this time in the world unless in Jeruselem during Jesus time, whether yr fucker Nguendeng you will never succeed.

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    • 3 July 2009 10:26, by Toposa Boy, southerner

      Albeshiir togetherness with Dinkas + one evil men from Nuer goes by the name Riak Macher

      Those mention above are the real problem biggest obstacles to peace and security in southern Sudan

      I just came back from south I started my journey via Kenya than Kapoeta Torit up to Juba

      What useless and dirty poorest place southerners became today

      This is all because of Dinkas togetherness with there husband Abashiir

      The Good news is I have spoken to good southerners excluding Dinkas of cause
      They all promise me one day the future will be better we will clean the dirtiest tribe of Dinkas
      Out of southern Sudan all the way to Khartoum
      There they will end up cleaning toilets and streets they will have freedom to practice there dirtiness’ and uselessness’ once and forever
      And that’s will be there one way ticket

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      • 3 July 2009 11:05, by M.A3

        Please when ever you made comparative, never said Dinka + Nuer, you will get no result. Dinka are excellent people not like Nuer who defected and betrayed the movement.look at Nasir Resolution of Riek Machar, look at his fucker collaboration with Khartoum, his dirty peace deal with Jalabas. why comparing Dinkas with Nuer. Dinka have a Vision of this Country my friend. we are not like Equatorians whose some are possessing PhDs and are still going back to stay on top of mountains for practising of cacoon,babaric and milicious behavious. what you add is Nuer + Equatorian= No Country. put a lion and a goat together.

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      • 7 July 2009 17:15, by emmanuel adol

        i think you should be ashame of your mannerless words , i suppose you and those leaders are dreaming, by the way it is agood dreaming for you ,idiot.

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  • 3 July 2009 11:01, by Father Critic

    Whether African leaders want it or not,Bashir has to go and proof himself innocent.Enough is enough.Critic Ngueny from Bor town

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  • 3 July 2009 15:14, by Maruk

    it is another shameful resolution from this talking shop, the AU. i think it is of essence for the ordinary africans to forget about this continental organisation. it had never done anything that best suits people,s interest.

    let these hyenas do whatever they want but they should know that nature will judge them. Bashir will find himself in the Hague with that huge backing from FM,s

    Maruk

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    • 4 July 2009 08:03, by Leave Us Alone

      African Union is full of fags

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      • 4 July 2009 09:18, by No body

        How do mean Mr. Leave US alone? Explain yourself. You see my friend people in the world are just after money and therefore they don’t want to implement things faster. I don’t actually think AU can come up with this statement. All they want is to prolong the process so that the fund goes on for some time.

        Thanks.
        Tut.

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