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June 6, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese government deplored am announcement by the office of Ugandan president Yoweri Musevini that it has asked Khartoum to send someone other than president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to the African Union (AU) summit hosted by Kampala next month.

Uganda is a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) which issued an arrest warrant for Bashir on charges of war crimes in Darfur and therefore has a legal obligation to apprehend him should he set foot in the country.

"President Yoweri Museveni has disclosed that his Sudanese counterpart General Omar Hassan Bashir has not been invited to attend the African Union Conference," a statement from the Ugandan presidency said.

Sudan would be represented at the conference by "other government officials" said the statement.

Museveni made the disclosure on Friday during a meeting with ICC president Sang-Hung Song, who is in Kampala for the court’s ongoing review conference.

Today the spokesperson of Sudanese foreign affairs ministry Muawiya Osman Khalid said that the announcement by Museveni "exposed the extent of ill intention to which the Ugandan regime has descended by announcing what is not in its authority at all".

"The power to invite representatives to African summits is not the prerogative of the host nation but that of the African Union in coordination with the host state," he said.

"Sudan as a member state in the African Union will determine who would represent it and would never accept Uganda to make any other suggestion in this regard".
The Sudanese official said that his government will demand a public apology from Uganda or else it will request a change of venue of summit to any other African capital "that abides by resolutions issued by previous AU summits and can host all African leaders without bending to pressure, external demands and without responding to blackmail from any party whoever it is".

Khalid was referring to the AU resolution made last year that no country in the continent will be cooperate with the ICC in executing the arrest warrant against Bashir. The Libyan leader Muammar Kaddafi has reportedly forced the resolution against his peers without debate while rights groups accused him of "bullying" other states into endorsing it.

States such as Botswana, Chad, Uganda and South Africa later made statements saying they cannot honor the resolution.

The spokesperson added that by this" unbalanced stance which is contrary to the African consensus, Uganda is striking a deadly blow to the African Union itself.....it is a unilateral move would lead to split and divisions in the African Union".

But a Ugandan official today again reiterated his country’s insistence on excluding Bashir.

"Uganda has not invited al-Bashir because the findings of (the) AU select committee headed by former South African leader, Thabo Mbeki, do not differ with that of the ICC," presidential spokesman Joseph Tamale Mirundi told CNN.

Last year, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) endorsed a report prepared by an eight-member team headed by Mbeki that was tasked with crafting a formula to resolve the conflict in Darfur that would take into consideration peace, justice and reconciliation.

Mbeki called for a hybrid court to try war crimes suspects and changes to Sudanese laws. It took no position on the ICC warrant except to say that the Hague-based tribunal cannot try all the suspects, effectively supporting its work.

Almost a year ago, Uganda backtracked on an invitation it sent to Bashir for the Global 2009 Smart Partnership Dialogue conference and asked Sudan to send another official instead to avoid a “diplomatic incident”.

Despite a phone call from Musevini to Bashir at the time apologizing for one of his cabinet ministers saying that the latter would be arrested, Khartoum expressed fury at Kampala for making the suggestion that its president could be arrested.

Sudan even demanded that the Ugandan official who blew the first whistle on arresting Bashir be sacked.

The announcement by Uganda marks a new embarrassment to Bashir who was sworn in last month for a new term after winning April’s presidential elections with a 68% majority. The comfortable win was facilitated in part by withdrawal of several heavyweight opposition figures from the race.

Last month, the South African president Jacob Zuma told lawmakers that Bashir would be apprehended if he set foot in the country for the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup starting this month. Sudan however said that Zuma was misquoted by the media.

HRW WELCOMES UGANDA’S POISTION

Human Rights Watch (HRW) today welcomed the decision by Uganda to exclude Bashir from the summit

"This is a welcome statement from the president of Uganda," Richard Dicker, international justice director at the New York-based group, told Agence France Presse (AFP).

"The trend is African state-parties standing up for accountability and ending impunity" Dicker said.

Dicker argued that Bashir’s insistence at an AU summit last year that he could travel anywhere he wanted on the continent has proved to be empty bluster.

"This certainly contradicts the triumphalist rhetoric that Bashir was conveying [at the summit] in Sirte (Libya)," Dicker said.

"I would say that Omar Al-Bashir’s travel agent is a very underemployed individual [...] Without question, the trend is his world getting smaller."

Dicker further argued that the announcement from Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni shows the ICC’s ongoing review conference is yielding results.

"It is part of the upshot of this conference occurring in Africa," he said.

William Pace, who heads the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), an umbrella organization of civil society justice groups, said he expects the court’s force to continue to strengthen.

"This is an example of how the Rome Statute continues to surround impunity for the worst crimes. Year by year, country by country, it shows the statute is working," he said.

Bashir has continued to conduct foreign visits but avoided states which are members of the ICC. In one instance he pulled out of an Islamic summit in Istanbul, after reports Turkey, a non-ICC member, had come under pressure from the European Union to drop him from the guest list.

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  • 7 June 2010 04:06, by Dengtaath

    The undemocratic khartoum Islamic government is just crying for nothing, Bashier will face his criminal doings, Uganda cannot accept a criminal who still supporting LRA who is already declared a terrorist organization by world security council.
    LRA is against humanity, is confined to obduction of children and killing of innocents, how would a sensible president support such kind of destructive organizations on the earth.
    Thanks to ICC and Uganda president.

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    • 7 June 2010 07:58, by Jimmy Taban

      I believe its high time Bashir realize that his world is small and zerowing to Khartoum and the middle east. The resolution that Khartoum is bending on is not legally binding and part of international law that should be universally accepted. Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC are all signitory to the Roman statute are legally minded to set a legal precedence that no act of impunity will be tolerated in Africa. Uganda has every right to arrest the president of the Sudan.

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    • 7 June 2010 13:16, by Sala Gai

      I believe that the great mistake of the last few years has been for the government to provide or to legislate for almost everything wrongly likely killing people as far as Government made. Part of this policy has its roots in the plans for reconstruction in the postwar period when governments assumed all kinds of new obligations with opposition parties.

      The policies may have been warranted at the time but they have gone far further than was intended or is advisable. During our own early and middle period of government btn South and North, we were concerned to set the framework in which people could achieve their own standards for themselves, subject always to a basic standard.

      But it has often seemed to me that from the early 1960s the emphasis in politics shifted like Islamic and Christian have difference which discourage the Southern to choose for their own new born standard. At about these time ‘growth’ became the key political word. If resources grew by X per cent per annum this would provide the extra people needed for the government to make further provision. The doctrine found Favorited at the time and we had a bit of a contest between the parties about the highest possible growth rate of wrong politics among ourselves.

      Four per cent or more. But the result was that for the time being the emphasis in political debate ceased to be about people and became about economics. Plans were made to achieve a good development. Then came the present government will become a bigger plan and socialist ideas about its implementation, that is to say if people didn’t conform to the plan, they had to be compelled to. Hence compulsion on Prices and Incomes policy and with it the totally unacceptable notion that the government shall have the power to fix which wages and salaries should increase.

      By Salah Gai

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    • 7 June 2010 14:12, by sunny

      Dear All,

      Uganda is guided by ICC principles. However, as a host nation for AU summit can also exercises the country’s jurisdiction over a criminal who has been issued an arrest warrant by ICC.

      Sunny.

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    • 7 June 2010 15:31, by kuur Deng

      Khartoum Islamistlawyal should first understand that their long term governance of inforcing shira-law on indigenous African land base on killing innocent as their idiocy of accomplishing any living being in this country will come to unend. Museveni of Uganda is not mistaken to point out the mistake that has been for so long and they must know that comrades Beshir will never scapt justic in any way simply because no body above the law.Backing to those days where black African in Sudan were being kept in the dark corners of the country but today,the justic came under the brightest light and culprits must face justic.

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  • 7 June 2010 04:29, by Kur

    Bashir’s world is getting smaller and smaller day by day. Next year, he will not be able to pass through South Sudan airspace or he will be arrested. War criminals must be made uncomfortable in their hiding caves. The temperature must be increased to force them to the open where justice can take its course.

    Kur

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    • 7 June 2010 04:53, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

      Dear Sudanese,

      The NCP will understand how worst it’s see president Bashir being treated as if he is not a president. You Northern don’t correct someone who has done a mistake. Now that’s the outcome of your business you all been doing so far.

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      • 7 June 2010 09:04, by Machingela gai

        Bashir, your reaction is nothing to us than the demage you have done for us. Yours is just a feeling for being guilty of your own mistaskes; and you know it from inside that you cannot travel anywhere while having that over due warrant for the crimes committed against humanity. It is better to stay home and add more days in your life, otherwise, the list of what to do in life is definately over elsewhere. The life will soon come short in Khartoum, too.

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  • 7 June 2010 08:47, by Daniel Juol Nhomngek Geech

    Ha! Bashir and the North must know that Uganda is an independent country and it should not be blackmailed. Bashir is a bully in the field of justice and he should be barred from all international trips. He knows clearly the wrongs that he did against the people of Darfur were bad, which is against the international law, yet it is blaming Uganda. Such a blame is misplaced and unfounded. Uganda must NOT back down from arresting Bashir because he is undesirable element in human society.

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  • 7 June 2010 09:07, by Paul Lokuji Micah daudi

    Europeans slaves,
    Do you still have that slave like behavior in your minds,Uganda is the most bloody terror in Africa,whom made the fake death of John Garang if Southerners are still blind of Musevini then go blind and praise this terror who is worse than Beshir after all the Darfur are harvesting their deeds what have the generals from Darfur been doing in the south during the struggle time now the gun has turned on them,Southern Sudan will be a separate state and it will be the end of Darfur then because no one will support them.

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  • 7 June 2010 09:31, by James Deng Dimo

    Shame on You Bashir, the International criminal court is back by the all world to deal with the criminals and those who are fund of determining the human’s right in the world.

    Your reactions to fiercely to Uganda’s announcement on your arrest are baseless.

    My appealing is to African leaders to hand over the African criminals to ICC, first let Bashir lead them to the huge.

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  • 7 June 2010 10:07, by Sudan virus

    Hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Sudan oyeeeeeeee.

    Hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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    • 7 June 2010 10:52, by James

      Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.Pagans in Islam clothes like Bashir must not get away with heineous crimes that he committed in Dar fur & South Sudan.Africans dear Arabs were created by God,they are humans like you.May the almighty curse all satans who came on earth in form of Arabs.

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    • 7 June 2010 14:01, by sunny

      virus,

      What do you mean by "Sudan oyee?

      Sunny.

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      • 8 June 2010 11:19, by Sudan virus

        Sunny i mean the sitaution in Sudan remains the same despite the resent general election where Bashiir was trying to win and legimate him self against the ICC warrant of arrest.

        This means in 2011 referendum Sudan will never be the same again.
        Two Sudans likely to emerge.

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  • 7 June 2010 10:39, by DASODIKO

    In a recent interview with TIME, Mr. Al-Bashir said that restrictions on his travels were fairly limited, “"A President has his deputies, assistants and his specialized ministers, so it’s not necessary for [him] to travel to every country. But I have traveled all necessary travels."
    Al-Bashir believes that the International Criminal Court is a “"is a tool to terrorize countries that the West thinks are disobedient."
    Dear readers from the statement above it was clear that the rat Bashir was not going to attend the conference in Kampala. The fierce reaction is as you may think, but to show that at least they have not kept silent on the issue concerns. Ahaaaaaaa, haaa, shame on all of those Islamist.

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  • 7 June 2010 12:52, by yazB

    When is this thick skinned insensitive butcher is going to relaise he brought Sudan to it’s knees. I remember when Numeiri landed in S. Korea in 1978 and he was not met with the Korean President. he truned around and flew out of the country in anger. The Next month. the Korean President was in Sudan visiting!

    I think Taha has worked it that he is to be the international poresident and leave Bashir for his dance rituals in his ill fated addresses to the masses.

    It was funny that last week he said; we (talking about himself) will hand over (after he dies while in power off course because i can’t see him stepping down without a fight)he will leave Sudan as (he) inherited it from (his) anccestors. Who is he kiddiing? Sudan is already a three states project in Washington by 2015 with the North annexed to Egypt, the South state will enter into a confideration with Uganda (that’s what Garang refused) but no one can say No to the American and the West state will be annexed to Chad in a deal with France.

    Who are we to say NO! We only watch the junta syphone the people wealth and create their little dynasities just like it was 50 years ago!

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  • 7 June 2010 16:39, by inurfaze

    Wow, these foolish african leaders.... amazes me!!! Why the hell are they even mentioning it, playing TOM and JERRY shit, the south african president said same thing regarding the football world cup, and now Mr Musevini. Just shut the hell up and be real leaders, when the criminal enters you nations catch them and arrest them. Its NO BLOODY COCKTAIL PARTY HERE. HE IS A WANTED MAN, AND IF YOU ARE MOST WANTED CRIMINAL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT WONT GIVE YOU A WARNING.. " SAYING BY THE WAY IF YOU COME DOWN TO THE POLICE STATION WE WILL ARREST YOU " BECAUSE YOU ARE A FUGITIVE!!!!!
    RIDICULOUS RIGHT???? So please african leaders keep silent and wait for the RAT to come visit you, then do your duty. Get him FAST.

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