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July 26, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The Global 2009 Smart Partnership Dialogue conference started in Uganda without the presence of the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir despite being invited.

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Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir (AFP)

The Sudanese president is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with war crimes committed in Darfur and theoretically faces arrest if he visits any of the 108 countries that ratified the Rome Statute.

Uganda is a member of the ICC but also endorsed the African Union (AU) resolution, which instructs African nations not to cooperate with the court in apprehending Bashir.

But in the days leading up to the summit Ugandan official went back on forth on their position regarding the presence of Al-Bashir on its soil.

The controversy started when the Ugandan state minister for international relations, Henry Okello Oryem suggested that there is a possibility that his government would execute the outstanding arrest warrant for Bashir if he visits.

Afterwards Ugandan officials sought to distance themselves from Oryem’s remarks including president Musievini who reportedly phoned Bashir to apologize.

It turned out that Uganda has agreed with Sudan that Bashir would send another official to attend in his place “to avoid a diplomatic incident” according to Ugandan East Africa and Regional Affairs Minister Isaac Musumba.

Musievini told reporters, according the Ugandan Observer newspaper at the summit today that Bashir “was not shut out, but there were some issues. Because, you remember, some people said in the papers that we had invited General Bashir so that he comes and we arrest him. That’s not according to the culture of the Great Lakes region in Africa here.”

“When I want to fight you, I insult you, I don’t invite you, I tell you beforehand. We don’t believe in surprise attacks.”

He hinted at Kampala’s communication to Khartoum about the need for Bashir to stay away, “If there are any other issues, I will tell you ‘Please don’t come here because, I cannot guarantee your safety’.”

Khartoum expressed fury over Uganda’s stance describing it as “fluctuating” and wanted minister Okello removed to accept Musievini’s apology.

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  • 27 July 2009 07:26, by BUSTA 2

    To Bashir,

    Why are you ashaming Sudan name and why are you fearing so called Museveni yet you have defeat ICC??

    Though you travel to Uganda nothing would have happen to you due to the fact that we Sudanese are behind you whatsoever it may be.

    All brothers in South Sudan are behind you. Bashir Oyeeeee, SPLA Oyeeeeeeeeeeee

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

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    • 27 July 2009 08:06, by Kamula

      Please am sorry, you don’t mix Bashir with SPLA.
      Bashir is for NCP.
      Kiir Is for SPLA, why do you want to complicate things? If Bashir steps to Uganda let Kaguta arrest him and handover him official to Ocampo so that he also face the biterness of death

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    • 27 July 2009 08:06, by Christopher Loro

      Busta2,you and all your relatives can rally behind Bashir but not all southerners as you claimed.We will only support Bashir in case he apologize to southerners and Darfurian.

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      • 27 July 2009 13:37, by Kamula

        Are you in your sence really? if you are not acorrupted person, how did you know the corruption of others.

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      • 27 July 2009 19:44, by Angelo Nyang

        Hello worlds are you afraid to crimeal Bashir to let him kill people everywhere in sudan specal in Darfur and the united Nation watching among the people are killing everyday and some countries are apologizes to Bashir something I know why the others countries depend the terror Bashir and ohters are looking for Belo so if they united Nation need really peace in sudan let go to cort.

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    • 27 July 2009 09:41, by Hillary B.M.L,M

      Dear Busta, can you please tells us, who are you supporting? Omer Albashier the Dictator or Salver Kirr the Corrupt? (though not Kirr personally but his Logisticians in his Government)

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      • 27 July 2009 13:43, by Kamula

        You are the most Busted, corrupted and stupit, where will you go, the suporters of Bashir, you are now under SPLM feet
        today and tomorrow will not be thesame again
        SPLM/M Oye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 27 July 2009 11:35, by TG

      Were do such people get such comments, the only thing making us loyal to Bashir is the CPA, but deep down our hearts the lives of the 2 point something million people that were lost during the struggle still haunts us to date. So to hell with Bashir and the NCP, SPLA WAYEEEEEEEE…………. SPLM Wayeeeeee………. 2011 Referendum Wayeeeeeeee!
      Struggle continues!!!

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    • 27 July 2009 12:14, by John Chol

      ICC,

      Bashire is a killer, he must be capture alive but not kill.if he is killed, he may not know what has happened to him because he would be enjoying his new life some where in diffent world. Bashire would be arrested only if the ICC get lucky to capture him.

      How long will he going to send his ministers to represent him in the presidential conferences off the country? if he continues like this, then why not surrounder his chair to Salva Kiir who will be ready to attend any conference any where.I wish he also let some one represent him at the time of general elections in 2010.

      My advice to the Icc is that, please throw your hook for Bashire to all the countries of the world including the Arabs countries. By doing this, you would be able to capture him.

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    • 27 July 2009 14:36, by Sala Gai

      Mr Busta 2

      please Busta go aways and stoping telling my president Omar Bashir your wrong devices .do you know how top device why don’t you make it from your stupid guy state.
      your knowledge low go back to school for updating understanding [please

      By Salah Gai de Mabior

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      • 28 July 2009 04:14, by John Chol

        Omar Bashire and Salah Gai de Mabior,

        What are you talking about here? Could you verify your comment so that we can understand you? Your name Salah Gai ! What a big shame! You are abusing Dinka names by connecting them with the Arabs names.

        Who do you called Busta 2 in your comment? Don’t leave a peg in your own eye and try to pick a flank in your brother’s eye, you are a liar. Could you read your comment again, you may even fail to understand it though you were the witter. it is full of spelling errors and grimmer mistakes. Instead of telling others to go back to School, go to School yourself. If I’m wrong by saying this, our dear readers or contributors can judge.

        Omar el Bashire must go to court whether you like or not. the ICC set their traps every where across the globe.

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    • 27 July 2009 14:57, by KEAT BAYAk

      Thanks Busta2 as you call yourself
      I fail to understand your Comment man?it seem you might be dreaming if you are saying Bashir Oyee and SPLA Oyee.as some one put it Bashir has zero connection with SPLA.And if you ask him to define what SPLA Stand for, he cannot and you are Saying SPLA Oyee connected to Bashir.Iam Assuring you that if ICC want him what is the matter?why don’t he go and prove himself free?.If he fear to go that mean he have some thing in mind which he might have done please.try to sense like others Sudanese.I cannot even belief you mean you are protecting your person/Bashir while just sitting from no where.
      thanks
      KEAT BAYAK

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  • 27 July 2009 09:59, by Abyei

    Hi Bashir and Busta you are really Cowards ,always talk too much without? El-Bashir if you are really man you could have gone to Uganda Summit,Uganda is not like Libya and Egypt or anyother Arabs countries you roaming like fox at night,Mr Busta you are really past semsem!

    Changath.

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    • 27 July 2009 11:31, by mayen

      Iam really suprised why Uganda invited someone who is wanted by interantional criminal court and they are a member of the Rome statute. DO Ugandan ratify the Rome Statute if so why they invted Mr Bashir.If Ugandan recieved mr Bashir and let him go Ugandan would be in troubl also they would’ve been kick off from the countries who are members of the ROME STATUTE.

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    • 27 July 2009 11:34, by Ambago

      Nothing funny here .

      He (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) hinted at Kampala’s communication to Khartoum about the need for Bashir to stay away, “If there are any other issues, I will tell you ‘Please don’t come here because, I cannot guarantee your safety’.”

      Read the above:

      Don’t you think that President al Bashir is safer at The Hague than actually roaming around in the delusion of evading the arrest warrant?

      This is my village reasoning: “I say that if Museveni the President of Uganda who was present at the Sirte ( and not any other Museveni) and did physically sign the Ghadafi sponsored AU Declaration of Non Cooperation with the ICC in arresting the wanted Sudanese Field Marshal, then how comes that he ( the same Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) in person is not in the position to guarantee his guest’s safety”.

      Oh God! ( Oooop sorry !) Now I understand how Colonel Dr. John Garang de Mabior was wasted.

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  • 27 July 2009 12:07, by Kamula

    Let Bashir be taken for the judgement without fail,I thank Rome for indtroducing the law of mose.
    that is Good for such a people like pr Bashir, Tit for Tat is the solution for the cirimilnals like him.

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    • 27 July 2009 17:43, by Senior Child Soldier

      Uganda president is just provoking the situation and interrupting the mission of President Bashir, if they really means something’s why do they divided themselves. One day one time president Bashir will face the justice but not through Ugandan, I believed Ugandan can kill him if they are brief with good amount of dollars but they cannot arrest him, because they are good in killing only.
      Hi, Mr. President, your days are numbered; therefore, staying in Khartoum is the best choice for you at the movement.

      By Senior Child Soldier

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  • 27 July 2009 18:11, by manis

    Bachir is the most coward man on the earth who is enjoying killing disarmed civilian( women,children,elders, and distroyed their lifelyhood) and he is proud of that but at the mainwhile he is very carefull of his life and this is the way of criminals.

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  • 29 July 2009 11:59, by James wol

    Uganda did not have any intention of arresting Al Bashir otherwise they could have not revealed such statement,they could have waited untill he comes there and then arrested.As I can see, some of the countires in the world (like Uganda)fear to arrest Basir because the fear the posible outcome of becoming the target of terrorists. And I don’t know why the strongest America pays less attention to apprehend Bahir.Basir is proving himself to be superior and that is why he is condoned to continue sabotaging the CPA. Human being is a human being,he will still face justice unless he commits suicide.The hands of Bashir are stainted with blood and God himself is a witness.Bashir will never escape the cry of people.

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