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Uganda says committed to ICC as Sudan’s Bashir plans a visit

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July 10, 2009 (KAMPALA) — The Ugandan foreign ministry issued a statement today reiterating its commitment to the Rome Statute, which is the founding text of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Uganda foreign affairs Sam Kutesa (BBC)

Last week the African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, Libya adopted a resolution instructing its members who are ICC members not to cooperate in apprehending the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir despite their legal obligations to do so.

Some AU members such as Chad and Botswana have reportedly resisted the resolution. Senior Botswanaian officials said the decision was forced upon the AU members by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who is the Pan-African body chairman.

Uganda appeared to join the ranks of these two countries through their position made today in their press release made Friday.

“As a signatory to the Rome Statute, Uganda Government re-iterates its commitment to the Statute and support to the ICC. This position is shared by the other African States Parties to the Statute who clearly expressed it during the Assembly meeting in Sirte, Libya,” the statement read.

“Uganda Government supports the African Union Assembly Decision….of February 2009 requesting the UN Security Council to defer the ICC indictment for twelve (12) months, in accordance with Article 16 of the Rome Statute”.

The statement makes no reference to the AU decision taken in Sirte or whether Uganda will adhere to it.

The ‘Ultimate Media’ website quoted Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kuteesa as telling reporters in Kampala that the decision is viewed by many as “a manifestation of lack of respect and support for the ICC Rome Statute by African leaders”.

Kuteesa said that the AU simply wants an AU deferral to allow African countries “to investigate further on Bashir’s case such that they can give their recommendations on his indictment”.

The independent Sudanese Al-Sahafa newspaper reported that Bashir is scheduled to visit Uganda on July 26 to take part in the Ugandan-Turkish forum.

Uganda’s stance on Bashir’s arrest warrant has been ambiguous despite backing AU decision criticizing it.

The Ugandan president Yoweri Musievini said last March that he wants neither to “condemn Bashir” nor “condone his actions”.

(ST)

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  • 11 July 2009 04:45, by Ambago

    Uganda has made it clear from the very beginning that Al Bashir should sort out his mess with the ICC. Currently Uganda is one of the countries that referred a case to the ICC (the Khartoum backed Joseph Kony of the LRA).

    I don’t think that Omer Al Bashir will ever venture to go to Kampala and for sure Museveni will not be that naïve to allow him on the Ugandan soil as freely as the other Africans have chosen to conspire against the ICC.

    Internally al Bashir is currently facing troubles with the Sudanese opposition parties which consider his coalition government illegitimate after the 9/07/2009 per the CPA.

    I hope that it turns out to be a one way ticket from Khartoum, Kampala and straight to The Hague.

    If it happens then, GoSS can just declare UDI from the SSLA and then call it a day.

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    • 11 July 2009 14:37, by spanner

      AL-BASHIR IF YOU DARE TO PUT YOUR ARSE IN ENTEBBE AIRPORT YOU WILL BE ARRESTED FOR SURE,STOP PLAYING THE TOM & JERRY GAME,UGANDA IS NOT LIBYIA,ETHIOPIA,OR EVEN EGYPT THAT YOU VISITED AND SHOWED TO THE ARAB NATION THAT YOU ARE AN ARAB HERO,BUT THIS IS U-GONA -DIE-ARRESTED,OOOPS!! UGANDA

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      • 11 July 2009 15:08, by Simon Maguor

        Thanks for your article Mr. Spanner. Like many others, you are fed up too.

        let the political thug be arrested, after all the Sudan is an independent entity whereas bashir is just an outcast of the land. he is a misplaced man, a black sheep among good Sudanese people (African Sudanese not all).
        The Arab world has exerted much influemnce in Africa and it’s for this that they are pushing some African presidents to approve the move by Political thug Maumar Qadhafi of Libya for the formation of the United states of Africa.
        Those African leaders who just chase after winds of unknown sources should be careful otherwise, they may end up dragged into furnaces that they would not deserve.
        Uganda’s Museveni is a sure cock,and his moves are always positive thought one may argue negatively in some other cases; Chad and Botswana are non-terrorist countries and thus, they abide by legal framework of the ICC.

        Go! Go! Arrest Bashir. they ICC should speed up in arresting Bashir. Furthermore, failure to arrest Bashir shortly doesn’t mean failure but rather giving BAshir time to forget and therwfater it will be easy to snatch him.

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        • 12 July 2009 16:47, by Tony Alqaeda

          Let them arrest Bashir ,were will you run to?
          m7 and Bashir are all killers and don,t dream of ICC ,shut your mouth and watch the world policy you fool.
          get me right and Bashir is visiting Uganda soon.

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  • 11 July 2009 05:53, by Kur

    Let us wUait and see whether Uganda will host the killer and rapist of women and children of Darfur. I know that the people of Uganda witnessed the Rwandan genocide, and for them to host the perpetrator of genocide in Darfur would be like hosting Hutu malitias after genocide in Rwanda in 1994. I believe that if Bashir ventures to Uganda, he will soon join Charles Taylor in The Hague.

    Kur

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    • 11 July 2009 07:14, by Lokorai

      Mr. Kutesa,

      No one will expect you to do just that; keep away and let’s the US come and pick Al Bashir. Your hands is already full of trouble and you can’t do two mistakes- how did Garang die in your land General/

      Lokorai

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      • 11 July 2009 11:05, by Hillary B.M.L,M

        Your too stupid, Vice President of Uganda wast the one involved. This time will be the whole Government of Ugandan to do so, Albshier will not touch Uganda, if do so then is finish, will automatically apprehended. And the tribe called itself Nubi will be chase out of Ugandan because Vice president Ali is from this new created tribe.

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    • 11 July 2009 11:56, by mohamad adam

      ignorant koor bashir soldiers raped and maimd and comitted genocide in south sudan for a tru figure of 3 million people of south using his main supporters by then people of darfor where have you being and where was ocampo and the international comunity including the un you and your likes are short minded and have a very limited brains make sure if bashir[ i do not support ] is arrested the cpa is gone and sudan as general and south sudan in particular will go back to its dark days i wonder you people of south sudan have a very shallow way of thinking and simpli you forgot the fact that bashir used darfor people to fight and kill southrnrs wake up and think matureli

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      • 11 July 2009 12:30, by emmanuel adol

        yes even if we are shallow minderz just let us be as you think we do not want your advice mind yourself please, who fears about darks days? i think even bashir himself knows and you also have to know that all the days are not the same as you recall .

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  • 11 July 2009 08:56, by P Thon Aleu

    Uganda is a fellow Africa Country to be respected if at all the position about ICC is static.

    Just implement ICC arrest warant to strengthen AU unity rather than shielding criminals for false Pan-Africanism.

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    • 11 July 2009 10:44, by Aparana

      I have got some information that, the EU is going to deny those Affrican countries that support Bashir of their annual aids and grands they use to receive. Uganda is going to loose more than 300 million euros free money, you know, they will only stand with Bashir if he is ready to pay them more 300 million euros annually.

      Uganda will simply reject Bashir’s visit, Uganda can not allow bashir to come there since they can not arrest him. If Bashir wants to, he can be able to change this government of Yuweri Kagota Miseveni within one week.

      Misevini, be careful.

      rgds,

      Aparana.

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      • 11 July 2009 11:48, by Hillary B.M.L,M

        U, Ladies Oshy and Aperana, get married please than posting useless posts on this web. I prefer one of you and is Oshy and one will be for Topossa Boy or Logic if they want marry you despite your smelling.

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        • 11 July 2009 17:56, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          I think Uganda have much to gain than what to loss to the ICC because LRA is a big problems here and Al Bashir supports for them is also a headache to the authorities in Kampala.If Bashir want to come to Uganda,he should then go directly to Netherlands/Hollands/Dutch instead.

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        • 11 July 2009 18:36, by furdungonkoai

          yes I agree with U these ladies they have to get marrid . and I will
          marred one of them to teach her , what is the meaning justics in this world ( Darfur )

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