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October 14, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The Ugandan government disclosed today that it has invited Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to Kampala for a special African Union (AU) summit on refugees to be held next week.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni addresses the United Nations Security Council meeting during the UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, NY, September 24, 2009 (AFP)

The AU said in a press release that it will be holding a Special Summit of Heads of State and Government on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa in which it is expected to adopt the African Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, the first ever such Convention in the world.

The Kampala based New Vision news portal quoted Ugandan president Yoweri Musievini as telling reporters that Bashir was invited in his capacity as an African head of state.

Technically, Uganda has a legal obligation to arrest the Sudanese president who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing him of masterminding widespread killings in Darfur.

The AU summit in Libya last July has adopted a resolution to halt any cooperation of African states that are ICC states in arresting Bashir which would include Uganda.

However, few weeks after the summit wrapped up Kampala asked Khartoum to dispatch another official to attend the Global 2009 Smart Partnership Dialogue conference for which he was invited.

Ugandan officials at the time gave conflicting positions on whether they would arrest Bashir but observers have said it was “well calculated’ on the part of Kampala.

However, Khartoum was angered by the incident and demanded that the Ugandan official who blew the first whistle on arresting Bashir be sacked.

Musievini suggested to reporters that Bashir will be safe from arrest in the events he accepts the invitation noting that he called on Darfur warring parties in the past to convene in his country for talks.

“The hub means a neutral zone in which we give safe conduit to the belligerents to meet and talk. We cannot turn around and say ‘you are wanted by the ICC’ and we grab you,” he said.

He reaffirmed his position that his government is awaiting the disclosure of a report by the AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD) later this month for a position on the status of Bashir.

The panel was formed by the pan-African body to look into ways to balance peace and accountability in Darfur. However, it is not conducting a criminal investigation in the region.

“Our position in the African security committee was that let us not condemn or condone Bashir” Musievini said.

“We said let us do our own investigations. That’s how former South African President Thabo Mbeki [chair of AUPD] was invited to do further research to enable us take our own position,” he added.

Musievini’s vague statements on the ICC warrant reflects the dilemma his government is in. On the one hand Uganda has a case at the Hague tribunal relating to the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) who are wanted by the court and ignoring Bashir’s warrant would reflect badly on asking neighboring countries to apprehend the notorious leaders of the insurgency.

Moreover, Uganda is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Sudan state media made no mention of the invitation or any plans by Bashir to visit Uganda.

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  • 15 October 2009 05:51, by oshay

    Is Museveni drunk, does he think Bashir will trust him? He’ll just send his cowboy kiir instead.

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    • 15 October 2009 06:12, by Garang Ngong

      Oshay,

      Go with your uncle Bashire to represent Sudan in Uganda if you guy are curious of leading Sudan.Gay, Oshay you and your uncle come to Juba and Kiir will show you a circumscise dick on your mouth mother fucker.

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      • 15 October 2009 06:15, by Gatwech

        I doubt that Beshir will accept the invitation and attend the meeting in Kampala.

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        • 15 October 2009 06:24, by Maruon Ayiei

          I doubt if he will accept to go to African Union summit in Kampala. The man is in captivity because he is a wondering criminal.

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        • 15 October 2009 06:33, by Garang Ngong

          Gatwech,

          I agree with you brother,but I need Bshir to go with his wife Oshay so, that they can have a good night in Kampala Hotel.Nauhty Arabise Nubian.

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        • 15 October 2009 09:36, by David Bior

          I don,t believe Bashir can attend africa summit since he know museveni behavior as they where good friends in doing thing ilegally.museveni is not a friend of the poor coward he can head the nail and we can appreciate it.

          David Bior

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    • 15 October 2009 06:30, by Malakal

      Oshay

      You should not worry, your step-father Albashit will not even consider going to the summit because of the ICC case attached to his rear.

      Who is this useless waste puppet Mseveni African leaders Killer to invite people to the African summit. Mseveni works for the CIA. That is why the Western countries fail to categorized him as a ficious dictator over so many decades. His country Uganda is the worse place beyond any reasonable imagination in East Africa, with exception to Somalia, yet the Western clowns insist that he has done, and is continuing on doing better things for his country. Shame! The only things Puppet Mseveni has done right are: his unbreakable faith in the Queen of England, his loyalty to money and it provider the CIA, his cooperation in eliminating African leaders who voice out African soverieghty and solidarity of Africans among themselves. If that is what the clowns recognize and praise then I think Devil has evolved into a god for the Europeans.

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      • 15 October 2009 10:16, by ramiran

        Mr Oshay of Malakal,
        Your all statements which you posted on this website they are not making sense to all of southerners ,we look you like bribery guy from Omer El Bashir ,can you mentioned the best things which Omer did to us? ,we Southerners to prevent him not to die?if not, that mean you are talking like waiting death human being, other wise digest your all programs before throwing them into media where the patriotic southerners are very serious looking and reading,this is a piece of advice to you and come back to South Sudan,The way of depending on bribing is a useless life ,it is like the lost of the content from container and bottle that fall on hard ground ,you lost content and bottle both two at once. Arab telling you that go and kill your brothers in south Sudan and when you come back with a good number of death tools i shall give you a sum money,the money he give you is your money which come from oil and people you kill are your people ,from here you have double lost for two things.
        By Ramiran nath

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        • 15 October 2009 10:49, by Ajinhliak kepiiny

          Only you will be the single Naath commentator whom I can say thank you.
          True Nuer dhol at Malakal.

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    • 15 October 2009 06:49, by Joseph Ibinadem

      OH! Mr. Oshay For how long will you keep on hiding with your Uncle bashier?wait the time is coming inwhich you will not be able to stand on Bashier. Have you not been aware to what hapened to Sadaam when he hided himself in a deep hole but he was pul out leaving Iraq with cruel. Leave Bashier alone let hime go to Icc to clear himself. do you think your relationship with Bashier is more than with what they have with Turabi? you are just Abit to arab because of your dark skin.sudan is not a powerful nation than Iraq. Keeping hiding will not solve the case.

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    • 15 October 2009 07:35, by Rambang Deng

      Dear all;

      Don’t worry or be happy that Bashir is, or not going to be arrested any where in Africa. There is nobody among African leaders who will dare arresting Omar ElBashir untill he ease to be the President of The Republic of the Sudan. All African leaders, except few democratically elected leaders among them, cooperate and won’t bother arresting one of their own. Most of African leaders, if not all, are for themselves, ethnics, tribes, and regions. They never had us (African people) in their corrupt dictatorial shallow minds.

      I am sorry if I offended anybody here, please.

      Thanks

      Rambang Deng

      Bentiu, Unity State

      South Sudan

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    • 15 October 2009 07:35, by Kur

      Coward rapist. He knows how to kill, rape, cheat, and steal the wealth of the poor Sudanese. But when the ICC rings the bell, he hides in the hole like Saddam Husien. You will be on the run but not for ever.

      Kur

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    • 15 October 2009 07:58, by Aarai Baka

      Museveni is not drunk but telling Omar Bashir to come to his country if he that brave. I will be laughing when I see Bashir being handcap by Yoweri in his home to bring embarrassment to NCP and Sudanese in general specially Oshay in Western World.

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    • 15 October 2009 09:56, by Aduol Liet

      Oshay.

      Please tell your uncle Omar al Bashir to step down so that Salve Kiir Manyardit will take care this Sudan nation because it is getting ugly this Omar al Bashir leadership. How long does Omar Hassan al Bashir will skip most important AU summit and U.N. summit.? Please tell him to step down and let Salve Kiir Manyardit take Sudan in the new direction, the whole world want SPLM Party to lead Sudan nation since the Sudanese people are getting a sahmeful around the world concerning the indictment killer is still leading the Sudan nation that is too a shame to all of us we Sudanese people and for that case Omar al Bashir must be told to step down now.

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      • 16 October 2009 11:58, by chol awek wek

        HI, ADUOL LIET,

        Base to my observation, none of our current leaders will bring charge to sudan,neither Bashir nor Kiir.
        sudan is heading to the fail country as the two leaders are competting for the crimes they make,Bashir is doing genocide in darfur while Salva kiir is busy clearing the bill of his fake degree given to him by kenyan institution with stolen money.
        shame on such leaders, i wish if we have somebody like wiliam nyoun, keribeno kuanyin bol, wiliam abdalla chuol in place thing would not mess like the way they are now.

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        • 16 October 2009 15:45, by mohamad adam

          chol awek wek exlant you are an understanding man

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    • 15 October 2009 11:11, by Mel mosa

      Yes cowboy, it sound great to the scholar world, but not stupidity world. Mr president, Kiir is a greatest man. God bless him. The world aproved him as humble leader who hunger of freedom of his people. For those who are jealus for freedom of Kiir’s people, should go to straight to hell period.

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    • 15 October 2009 15:13, by Barna Bahou

      Mr. Oshay,

      What pride is in hiding? Omar Hassan El Bashir is like someone placed on an Island without a boat to cross to the other side. Our historic leader (Salva Kiir), whom you call a cowboy is moving everywhere stregthening ties with international community. If you don’t know, getting in touch with other nations is not cowardice but no nation can stand on it’s own. We need them for our political, economical etc stability. When we separate, vote for Omar (if he survives the ICC warrant) in the north to lead you and lets see how you progress.

      I am discouraged by these bootlickers in the South who lack patriotism in their hearts and usually take Kiir for a Dinka rather than for a president. Change your nationality if you can not claim your independance.

      God bless South Sudan.

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  • 15 October 2009 06:41, by J.James

    Hi all

    Museveni need to be arrested also for changing Ugandan constitution and replacing it with his own for him to stay in power. That is also terrible international and national crime.

    Therefore, I hate that dumb animal for the disappearing of Dr. Garang, and as result he should not try to stick his ugly head into Sudan affairs again.

    Let Omar be arrested somewhere else not Uganda because this time Uganda will be converted into sea if not ocean.

    God bless.

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    • 15 October 2009 07:29, by Sudan virus

      J.James, are you really a Sudanese?

      How can you compare genocide case with mere democratic change of constitution?

      Quit this web immediately.Nonsense.

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    • 16 October 2009 10:36, by chol awek wek

      Dear J James,

      its well known that Uncle sadam husien was convicted because of crime related to genocde in tribale area in iraq,now salva kiir is donig the same in unity and as well as in malakal.
      I need ICC to take kiir togather with bashir as well.we are tired of kiir and taban,john luk and their wife James kok rueh.
      south will not be peacefull country in present of kiir with his bullshit governor Taban Deng of unity and James KOk

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  • 15 October 2009 07:24, by BUSTA 2

    Museveni is just a rat to Bashir!!!

    Museveni cannot arrest Bashir because if does so that will make the end to Uganda and this will be the time for the long range weapon in Africa to be put in use.

    If Bashir doesn’t fear ICC what about the small rat Museveni leave alone Kiir who is like HIV virus which can be seen with the help of Microscope!!!!

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

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    • 15 October 2009 07:43, by DOOR

      J.James,

      I thank you for mourning the death of our hero Dr Garang.
      Indeed Museveni had a hidden hand in the death of our leader Dr Garang.
      However, why do you care if the criminal Bashir could be arrested or disappear miraculously like Garang.
      This man has shed our blood for many years and we would be happy if anything could befall him.

      What i know so far is that he would send his deputy or another person to represent him.

      "Please appreciate Kiir while he is alive not when he is dead like John Garang."

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    • 15 October 2009 07:53, by Masterofarabs

      I really happy and admired the way you ALL the writers above have commented. Do not turn against yourselves as Dinka, Nuer, Anyuak, Kuku, Acholi etc. Arabs are our ENEMIES and should be delt with.

      Congratulations for not going after each others!!!!

      Thanks

      Masterofarabs

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    • 15 October 2009 07:56, by Sudan virus

      Busta 2,

      You mean the long range weapon in Africa is only in the proud Khartoum of yours? Is it the size of a country that determine military superiority?
      Do you mean things such as polio,DPD vaccine etc are only vaccinated in Sudan?

      Busta as your name! any way,i can not blame you mush,because you were born in the Sudan,grew and will die in the Sudan.

      Let me tell you, things are advancing out there, not like in your rigid Khartoum where officers are still using type writers, working against other ethnic groups and not exposition its people to modern changes.

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      • 15 October 2009 09:30, by linno dinno

        Indeed today I have very crucial advice which goes to Mr. President,
        Stop random movement, do you why I said, that guy [Maseveni of Uganda] is the human blood scavenges if you don’t know.

        How many president did he killed? You are deceived by Al-bashir, he want you to be the same like others presidencies which their souls were perish by his name.

        Year in years out, I have learned that, Mr. Yuri is a Magic man of Uganda who always appear tri around the table and even you the Kiir you may not recognize which one is Maseveni..

        That’s that!
        Linno Dinno

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        • 15 October 2009 09:56, by ramiran

          Mr Linno Dinno,where were you when Omer El Bashir killed Southerners like fish ?if you are the adviser of him,you like Bashir not to be kill but when he kill southerners like sheep of Ramadans celebration ,why you did not advice him,for me the soul of Southerners which he lost for many years ,iam praying day and night he must be arrest and kill also this year,
          By RamiRan Nath

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        • 15 October 2009 09:57, by peter gatdet

          To Bashir adopted son Oshay

          Icc must not be scaped,if Bashir don’t go to Uganda for AU summit then we r not going to vote for him b,se he is not participating in AU affairrs.

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    • 15 October 2009 19:07, by Kur

      Whom do you think you want to blackmail with nonsense? Let Bashir try going to Uganda. That will be his last day as a fugitive criminal. I do not think anybody is joking with you guys.

      Kur

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  • 15 October 2009 09:46, by ramiran

    let Omer go there to face the pain of death as he uses to kill people like fish in his reign ,any body who back Bashir let him be a wife of Omer from now onward,

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    • 15 October 2009 10:53, by Ajinhliak kepiiny

      Hey Museveni is right to inform the important members of (AU) to attend it.If Bashire deny and urge Kiir to go, pliize Kiir, never go again !!

      Thanks.

      Ithemar.

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      • 15 October 2009 15:28, by John Sebit

        Hi South sudanese writers, Iam very happy to say this and at the same time laughing. You know this is the time the so called Bashir will face death. For i know mr Museveny very well, Bashir planned Garang’s death that time and this is going to be his end in Sudan and in the world but not in the heaven.

        Let him go and die in peace but he shoulden’t urge Kiir to go nor any body else.

        J. T. Biel.

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        • 15 October 2009 17:33, by jack

          Hei guys, may I tell you the secret Bashir is now in trouble with his wife when her heard about AU summi, saying that he will be arrested if he go to Uganda, he is now refussing to sleep with his wife

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  • 15 October 2009 15:26, by mamer kuot

    Bashir must bear in mind that Uganda government has an obligation to arrest president Al-Bashir. please watch out you are going to be handed over to ICC For your crimes you had committed in Darfur.

    mamer

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    • 16 October 2009 01:21, by john matim arec

      museveni is the most killer president who have killed 5 top president in africa, bashir wouldn,t accepted to join AU in Uganda capital of Kampala. Also bashir wanted by ICC crimes against humanity that killed 1.2 million people in sudan. Uganda are having clues of arrest of mr bashir if bashir will not be careful.

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  • 16 October 2009 02:15, by thieleling

    The France-based International Police, the Interpol would help Museveni to arrest Bashier in Kampala and transfer him to the ICC’s Hague. The International Commission of Jurists suppose to condemn Museveni’s killing of John Garang & trying to score some international political credits for arresting Bashier in Kampala. What a scumbag, political-prostitute?

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  • 16 October 2009 07:58, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    By the way, did Yoweri Museveni, informed Salva Kiir Mayardit that Omar Bashir is invited to attend an AU Summit? I wish Salva Kiir Mayardit should sent another letter again warning Ugandan President about an arrestment of Omar Bashir. Omar Bashir seems to be a pillar as some others people advocated him from facing an inevitable life situation. I will never stand behind Omar Bashir until the end of my life. Omar Bashir need to be convicted and faced a jeopardy life as he use it to the Southern Sudanese people.

    Second, in the midst of 1990 to 1997, Omar Bashir used to Hang people as a death punishment. As a matter of fact, those who are hanged to death are all Southern Sudanese people except few of them are from Arabs. Today, if what so call "what come around goes around" emerged as an example, then why we don’t do it in that way instead of kneeling behind him all the times? I will see what kind of prosperity do all Southern Sudanese people needs as a concern to their freedom in which they were been longing for many years in war.

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    • 16 October 2009 16:02, by James Tut Biel

      This time no jokes, Bashir will be handed over to ICC. Then from there we shall have a peace of our mind as Sudanese or Southerners.

      Bashir is the man who has been confusing Sudan, causing wars, insecurity, instability and threats to the whole country, There has never been peace, no democracy, things are done by force and money.

      So let us persuade the rest of the world to get him.

      Thanks.
      James Tut.

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  • 17 October 2009 18:03, by 1-1

    Congratulation M7 K to invited sudan president the so call the Dam Basir to attend the AU summit in uganda in order to know his concern, infact your invitation was right but it will be 1% percennt for Bashir to attend the summit that shall take place in uganda because he always undermine all the activities that usually occured in Africa (as he called him the king Africa)therefore due to failure will proves the crimes that he committed in sudan generally. By 1-1 Adoolniip de grate

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