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July 13, 2010 (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration appeared to strike a different tone than that of the White House and the State Department on the decision by the judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to add genocide charges to list of counts against president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

Prior to Monday’s ruling, Bashir already faced seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in orchestrating extermination campaign against the African tribes of the Fur, Masaalit and Zaghawa living in Sudan’s Western region of Darfur.

Last year the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber refused to add three counts of genocide requested by the prosecutors prompting a an appeal by the latter in which he ultimately prevailed in.

Darfur rebels and rights groups have hailed the ruling calling a victory for the Darfur victims and a strong message against impunity in Sudan and around the world.

Yesterday the U.S. state department spokesman P.J. Crowley urged al-Bashir to submit himself to the ICC to face the genocide charges and revealed that Gration has told Sudanese officials that their boss must face justice in the Hague.

Crowley said that Gration will renew his call during his visit to Sudan which starts next Friday.

Today the White House echoed the same message saying Khartoum must cooperate with the Hague-based tribunal.

"The United States strongly supports international efforts to bring those responsible for genocide and war crimes in Darfur to justice and believes that there cannot be a lasting peace in Darfur without accountability," said Mike Hammer, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

Though the U.S. statement did not name Bashir, it said, "We continue to call on the government of Sudan and all other parties to the conflict to cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court."

But today the U.S. special envoy speaking at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed dissatisfaction with the ICC latest move.

"The decision by the ICC to accuse Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir of genocide will make my mission more difficult and challenging especially if we realize that resolving the crisis in Darfur and South, issues of oil and combating terrorism at a 100%, we need Bashir" Gration was quoted as saying by Arabic Language Washington based Radio Sawa.

"Also the issues of citizenship and referendum, the North holds a lot of influence so this is really tough. How will I carry out my duties in this environment?" he posed the question.

In Paris, the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo called on all states to isolate Bashir and urged non-ICC members such as U.S., China and Russia to "do something" after judges approved the genocide charges.

"We need all heads of state to say that if you commit genocide you cannot be part of the club... Because it’s a genocide, even states who are not members of the ICC now have a legal obligation to do something," Ocampo said.

The new arrest warrant means the 1948 Genocide Convention can be invoked, Ocampo said, including in states such as the U.S., Russia and China, and even Sudan itself.

"They have to be clear. I mean China, Russia, the U.S. making clear statements," the ICC prosecutor told reporters.

The prosecutor said a Friday meeting of the United Nations Security Council was an opportunity for countries to make a stand against Bashir.

"We are asking for a robust political decision. If the security council members agree to stop this, they can stop it in one day."

Khartoum has dismissed the latest arrest warrant, accusing the ICC of being part of a Western conspiracy trying to destabilize the country and stall development as well as peace talks with the rebels in Darfur. The Sudanese government says its position is supported by Arab, African and Islamic countries.

Today the Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa criticized the fresh genocide charges saying it might further destabilize the volatile situation in the East African nation and impact the 2011 referendum in South Sudan.

Mousa also questioned the timing of the decision and stressed that Arab League and African Union commissions found no evidence of genocide in Darfur.

The United States is the only country which has labeled the conflict in Darfur as genocide and a 2004 U.N. commission of inquiry said that while some figures may have committed crimes with genocidal intent, only a court of law can establish that it occurred.

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  • 14 July 2010 06:47, by murlescrewed

    Scott Gration is quick to give NCP and Al-Bashir ammunition to make his mission difficult. Now that he has revealed his card, all Bashir and Nafie Ali Nafie will do is play their hands accordingly and link the issue of ICC to all pending issues with respect to Darfur and South. What is wrong with this highly respected general? It is imperative that he push Bashir and NCP to honor CPA and let it take place as scheduled. The ICC is purely a legal entity that will require Mr. Bashir to go to The Hague and answer his accusers. What happens there has nothing to do with what has been signed.

    However, Gen Gration has now revealed a weak link between what the ICC does and peace process. All the NCP and Bashir will do is exploit this path.

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    • 14 July 2010 14:19, by Alier Mareet

      Wow! Mr. Gration has revealed his true color and feeling towards African descendents in Eastern African nation. His move has raised serious questions to be answered by Obama administration and American Public at large. His suggestions to link ICC ruling on Bashir and peace to scar public and UN security council is absolute ridiclous. I hope everybody will agree with me when I describe this envoy as economic hit man who cares only for his material wealth disregards humanity, integrity, rule of law, and basic rights to human being.

      This is a right time for Gration to be relieved from his mission in sudan crisis. He is not offering any solutions and suggestions to the problem. This is a great shame to the nation which presents itself to be exceptional when it comes to the rule of law, human abuses,spreading democracy to be represented by this materialistic person who values dollar value than huaman life. Can we blame Darfur internal displaced people who call him Khartom agents, foreign minister, who visits to increase their problems? Mr. Gration proves to me beyond reasonable doubt that he has been hired by Kharoum regime to deny rights of the marginalized people in Sudan.
      Alier Kuereng
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  • 14 July 2010 06:55, by Deng Ateny Lueth

    mr. musa, trust me, referendom will gone unintrupted. let me resassure you. arab rhetoric is out of date, saddam Husein used it and it did yield good fruit for him. the same thing is going to happen in Bashir case. but referendom will bravely survive those rhetorical storms until it gives birth to separation by any price necessary. our hope and love for creation of new nation in south sudan will motivate us to sacrify blood once more should any obstacle build up near OUR BALLOTS BOX.

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    • 14 July 2010 07:25, by Machingela gai

      Mr. Scott Garton,

      It is indeed sad to receive the news that Bashir is charged for the crimes against people of Sudan. That deal is a done deal with no tears for compromise by ICC. You are powerless and nothing you can do about it no matter what you bring. It is clear that you are not either a lawyer who would have defended him, but unfortunately what happened had happened with no help from you. So, you dry up your tears and resume your envoy’s job successfully, otherwise your cry will double sooner as you know that your dismissal from that post is near the corner.
      You save one in two: Do you want to save your job or save tears for Bashir?

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  • 14 July 2010 07:12, by Dinka Boy

    This US envoy has no right to complaint about the charges against president Bashir because he declare the clear up the African tribes in the Western Darfur in 2003. He has committed genocide in Darfur.

    How can you do you feel about the total clearing of those people per the order of Bashir? this might not be your word because this make me suspicious. The envoy can not cover up the criminal while Bashir has exterminated the non-Arab in the country.

    To this mr Musa-the Arab league secretary, you have to keep quite because there will be no problem in the East African and South Sudan. Who will play around with the referendum because of the imposition of ICC charges against your Arab freind-Omer?

    This Arab are selfish and this make them not to see the suffering of others,other the secretary can not talk like a aborn child. We have to make it clear that the South will be out soon by everything possible. Thanks

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  • 14 July 2010 07:56, by Aduol Liet

    Thank U.S. P.J. Crowley and ICC Chief Ocampo for speak up.

    We do appreciated your help and perhaps for your kindness although some individuals assum that, they are working for Sudan or being appointed as the special for Sudan but the recrods will tell the world what that individual has done since he was been appointed to do something about Sudan’s problems and none of his mission have done so far, why U.S. Scott Gration should be defending Omar al Bashir for what reason.? Omar al Bashir himself he was the one who let the Bin Laden run a way in Sudan and Omar al Bashir had contributed about 2000 Sudanese troops to go and help Saddam Hussein fights against American and Iraq freedom. Omar al Bashir he has been always speaking up against Western nations

    The way the Sudanese Officials speaking that, they were being supported by Arab African and numbers of Islamic Countries this is exactly the reason why there is a gencocide happening in the Sudan. It was something well plan by these Arab Countries in Middle East and those Arab African who have been doing all these agendas against innocent none Arab Tribes in the Sudan. We are still requsting the ICC Judges and others nation to put Omar al Bashir in the book on the convention in 1948.

    Arab Islamic are humanism or inhuman people this is why they are supported killing in this world otherwise, if they were truly real believes that, create people equally then, they would have been forcing this indictment Omar al Bashir to surrendering to the ICC Judges in the last year 2009. I don’t buy such an Idiocy comment made by the Amr Mousa seem to supporting Omar al Bashir, because of Islamic and stupidity of Arab brotherhoods but God will call them one by one as MR, Saddam Hussein was killing his own citizens and the blood of Iraqis innocent people called him back to go hell this Omar al Bashir will take this path of his friend Saddam Hussein for sure.

    The Arab league Secretary general Amr Mousa is out of touch for that comment he always seem to support Omar al Bashir of getting ride with African Tribes in the Sudan, things are changing and these Arabs in Africa are going to have difficulties in time to come if this is how Islamic Arab Countries are taking side instead of telling Omar al Bashir that, criminal has no brother to defend and you have no right to refuse the ICC law which have been agree upon in 1948 convention. The comment Mousa made is unprofound and Sudan was already destablishilizing by Omar al Bashir government what destablishilize left if Mousa was not out of touch.?

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  • 14 July 2010 08:08, by Bol Bol

    These people (Gration and Moussa ) must not confuse Southern Sudanese right for self-determination with indictment of Omar Albashir. These are two separation issues must not be muddled together. Abrogating the referendum because of Bashir’s indictment will endanger the country even further.

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    • 14 July 2010 08:36, by James Deng Dimo

      Who is this packmen Scott Gration should distance himself from Bashir, and if he think of protecting the killer, then they should both face trail at the huge.
      Please Gration, am here to ensure you that if you have your hands behind the killing of innocents life of Sudanese in Dar-fur then we shall compile your eventual reports in Sudan as you are against black people.
      Remember that you are only making money for the sake of your family in Khartoum.
      Stay away from Sudan affairs, it has indicated already that you are supporting Bashir but both of you must to attend the huge convictional rule.
      We are tired of your problems in Sudan, otherwise Sudan belong to Sudanese not you, it is right for us to agree to disagree with your reactions.

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    • 14 July 2010 08:37, by James Deng Dimo

      Who is this packmen Scott Gration should distance himself from Bashir, and if he think of protecting the killer, then they should both face trail at the huge.
      Please Gration, am here to ensure you that if you have your hands behind the killing of innocents life of Sudanese in Dar-fur then we shall compile your eventual reports in Sudan as you are against black people.
      Remember that you are only making money for the sake of your family in Khartoum.
      Stay away from Sudan affairs, it has indicated already that you are supporting Bashir but both of you must to attend the huge convictional rule.
      We are tired of your problems in Sudan, otherwise Sudan belong to Sudanese not you, it is right for us to agree to disagree with your reactions.

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    • 14 July 2010 10:12, by Peter Nhiany

      I think Gration position will not impact the decision of the South Sudanese in 2011. Gration is taking that stance for the sake to protect himself from Bashir not send (expel) him away from Khartoum. He may hiden thoughts; he is saying the opposite of his statement otherwise he is playing with fire.

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  • 14 July 2010 08:29, by Murle Intellectual

    This Scott Gration should be arrested and shown the book himself because he is now in the list of those who deny the jalaba genocide crimes against the black African tribes in the South Sudan first, specially in Juba and Wau when civilians were burried alive and women raped then murdered, now it is happening in Darfur. While Alashir is shivering in Khartoum for fear of sure arrest the new criminals who deny these crimes like Gration must be held responsible. Your complaits to mostmenandwomen@yahoo.com

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  • 14 July 2010 09:55, by DASODIKO

    Hi guys in warfares there is strategy that says give the enemy channels to scape if deafeated or he will fight like a devils if caught in an unscapable corners. Therefore I don’t bother with what Gration is saying as long as his bosses in Washington supported the rule of ICC.

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  • 14 July 2010 10:06, by Peter Nhiany

    I can not believe what is coming out of Mr. Gration’s mouth that his mission will be difficult based on the recent dicision the ICC made. Gration has been trying to favor the interest of Khartoum from day one.

    If his mission in Sudan was to serve peace other than his personal interest, therefore, his mission and work will not be difficult. Bringing Al-Bashir to justice is part of creating peace, and conducive situation in Sudan.

    If Mr. Gration think he would not be able to carry out his duties effectively while his friend Al- Bashir is wanted by the ICC, he can resign from being US special envoy to Sudan, and give others a chance to do the work to bring peace to Sudan.

    There are other tough people who can do the job other than him. Those who understand what the people of Darfur experienced. Those who know Bashir has done to the nation of Sudan.

    General Gration position would not change what Washington has stated. He should follow the voice of his country but not what sound to serve his personal agenda.

    I think it would be good for Mr. Gration to leave the job of special envoy to other Americans who care about peace, and freedom. Allow the ICC to get the job done. Thank you.

    Peter Nhiany.

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  • 14 July 2010 10:13, by Ayom

    You see how the politician speak, the U.S special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration was speaking opposite way, meaning that he is happy for the move of the ICC. Do you know that the bigest emmy to the Western World is Arabs, they don;t like themselves. So Scott Gration just want to maintaint a diplomatic relations with sudanese government and non of his business whether president bashir to be prosecuted like former Iraqi president or just died alone for the heart attack disease of being indicted for the ICC.

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    Ayom Ayom

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    • 14 July 2010 11:24, by Antiphas Wenyin Paul

      Hello brothers/sister,
      To begin with look at the Background of Mr. Beshir the President and tell me how people like Shamsaddin crash with the Helicopter, is it not because of his wife ? Mr. Scott Gration should stop being unhappy in such a matter.

      Al-Bashir was born in the village Hosh Bannaga, just north of the capital, Khartoum. He comes from Al-Bedairya Al-Dahmashya, an Arab tribe in north of Sudan, then part of the Kingdom of Egypt and Sudan. He received his primary education there, and his family later moved to Khartoum where he completed his secondary education. Al-Bashir is married to his cousin Fatima Khalid. He also has a second wife named Widad Babiker Omer, who had a number of children with her first husband Ibrahim Shamsaddin, a member of the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation who had died in a helicopter crash. Al-Bashir does not have any children of his own. He joined the Sudanese Army in 1960. Al-Bashir studied at the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo and also graduated from the Sudan Military Academy in Khartoum in 1966. He quickly rose through the ranks and became a paratrooper. Later, al-Bashir served in the Egyptian Army during the October War (Yom Kippur War) of 1973 against Israel.

      The ICC Charges where the Envoy is unhappy with includes these realities :
      The initial ICC charges against al-Bashir, which included seven counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, were issued in March 2009 but did not include genocide counts. On appeal, the lower court was found by appellate judge Erkki Kourula to have erred in law and was ordered to reexamine the evidence for genocide. Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo anticipated that the reexamination could lead to charges within four to twelve months. Then, on February 3, 2010, the judges at the International Criminal Court held that the Pre-Trial Chamber had improperly dismissed the genocide charges against al-Bashir and ordered the Pre-Trial Chamber to reconsider them. On July 12, 2010, the Pre-Trial Chamber applied the standard of evidence stated by the appellate court, and held that there was sufficient evidence to issue a second arrest warrant for the crime of genocide. A second arrest warrant for President al-Bashir was later issued with three added counts of genocide. The new warrant included the Court’s conclusion that:
      "There are reasonable grounds to believe that (Omar al-Bashir) acted with specific intent to destroy in part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups in the troubled Darfur region".
      The ICC released a further statement saying that al-Basher’s charges now include "genocide by killing, genocide by causing serious bodily or mental harm and genocide by deliberately inflicting on each target group conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s physical destruction" in three separate counts. The new warrant will act as a supplement to the first, whereby the charges initially brought against al-Bashir will all remain in place, but will now include the crime of genocide which was ruled out initially, pending appeal.

      Lastly, let Beshir go and face the ICC like Charles Taylor. Period.

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      • 14 July 2010 15:10, by Muor-cinkok Tungawan

        Thank Southerners. our right and future southern sudan should not be decided blind by comments. Southern sudan is nation of people who have capacities to faced the enemies like Amir sheik and pretender Scott Gration.

        Scott Gration is son of slave arab who were initially taken from Eygpt during slavery time,he is depending his brothers arab interests because he has bribe by Omer Bashier in the last years has been an evoy to sudan.

        we don’t care of people who are bribed with oil money ,we are in many fronts and we have to be ready for practical war. some this fronts are personal interests and others legion ideologies of colonialism.
        this envoy is pure son of arab but given western name ,so we don’t expect any clear statement from him apart of supporting arab interests.
        the tears is looming in all arab nation because they are going missed our raw materials and use of our comfortable land.
        the desert is celebrate ,waiting to get it tolls. the famine is on high alert to play it roll again arab in northern and war of border is shining like sun set.
        the independent southern is solution of southern sudan compare to the sharia law in the northern sudan.

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  • 14 July 2010 16:50, by Subsahara Centre

    Tag Elkhazin. Subsaharacentre Canada

    The ICC is not there to facilitate or obstruct the work of Gen Gration. A more objective comment was expected of a man of his stature.

    While the ICC is about Darfur atrocities (right or wrong), the General has dropped the file of Darfur like a hot potato (Semantics and rhetoric aside).

    On Darfur, he stands on very loose moral grounds.

    Shuttle diplomacy has its limitations. it seems to be his most preferred tool

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  • 14 July 2010 21:52, by telfajbago

    The fact that Gration is striking a different tone should not take any body by surprise since the unscrupulous envoy has shown his staff when he described what is happening in Darfur as remnant of genocide. I think the best thing Gration can do to salvage Al-Bashir is to study law and go to Hague in order to defend Al-Bashir. It’s strange that how President Obama appointed such an envoy to Sudan in 21st century who has no slight respect to human value. I do not think any sane person would appose the ICC heroic move against Al-Bashir, therefore I advise Gration to seek counseling before it’s too late.

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