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Malawi asks AU to keep Sudan’s president away from summit

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May 4, 2012 (NAIROBI) – President Joyce Banda of Malawi announced on Friday that Sudan’s president, Omer Al-Bashir, is not welcome to attend an African Union (AU) summit in her country, citing “economic implications.”

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Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir attends the inauguration of the new African Union (AU) Building in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, January 28, 2012 (REUTERS)

Malawi has already suffered a loss of $350 million in US aid money, suspended by Washington which cited deteriorating human rights conditions and the country’s decision to allow Al-Bashir to attend a regional summit in the capital Lilongwe when former President Bingu wa Mutharika was in power last year.

Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide he allegedly orchestrated in his country’s western region of Darfur.

Malawi, being a signatory of the Rome Statue which founded the Hague-based tribunal, flouted its legal obligation to arrest the Sudanese president when he attended the summit.

As Malawi prepares to host the AU’s heads-of-state summit in July this year, the country’s new president Joyce Banda told a news conference on Friday that she has asked the continental body not to invite Al-Bashir and spare them the consequences of receiving him.

"I have written them because of the economic implications this may have on Malawi," she said, speaking from the state house in Lilongwe.

"Let the AU decide on his position. He [Bashir] should forgive us this time as we are struggling to fix the economy."

Banda, who took over following the death of Mutharika last month, is trying to mend relations with Western countries who had already cut aid assistance to the South East African nation on account of her predecessor’s suspected human rights violations.

“Sudan can be represented by anyone in July but not by someone who will jeopardize our economy. We cannot take such risk” the Malawian president insisted.

Despite the ICC arrest warrant, Al-Bashir has managed to visit a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East, including member states of the court like Kenya and Chad.

He was, however, forced to cancel his appearance on several international occasions and some countries had to relocate planned events to avoid the consequences of hosting him.

The Sudanese president denies the ICC charges and refuses to recognise the jurisdictions of the court which he denigrates as a tool of neo-colonialism by the West.

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  • 5 May 2012 08:41, by viper

    It seems as if Beshir smells like a stool, that is why he is being rejected to attend important occasions. His smell is very dirty and can even contaminate pple with common cold. He is very dirty, he doesn,t take bathe at all couz he is bussy in fear of ICC arrests. Joyce Banda is right. She cannot contaminate her country with this odour smell of Al Beshir

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    • 5 May 2012 09:05, by Diu J.Kuek

      AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Criminal must be away from AU states summit.
      Thanks President Joy Banda for distance your nation not to be associated with this Criminal. good job for the sake of your nation for avoiding International isolation.

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      • 5 May 2012 09:24, by Chok Deng

        Global isolation of Bashir is the most effective remedy to Sudanese problems.Sudanese people are suffering from many sanctions because of the so-called Prey(Bashir)of Louis M.Ocampo.

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      • 5 May 2012 09:25, by omoni jr.

        Bravo Madam joyce,
        HAHAHAHAHAHA
        God bless madam joyce.
        she is a true daughter of Africa,

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        • 5 May 2012 10:43, by Ruach

          Look at the Sultan Bashir.His head is swelling with fear of ICC.Thank to Madam Joyce for not inviting the satan.Of course Bashir is a Sultan and a settler from Saudi/Yemen.Death to him!!

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      • 5 May 2012 09:44, by doot

        YES, VERY WONDERFUL THINKING. Congra President Banda. You Really Understand why ALBASHIR was Like Indicted by ICC but some African Leaders Just ignore that Indictment .Keep him away from your land. He deserve to be isolated from this Institution.Economics matters,today world is not about president to president friendship, it is about economic to economic friendship.yes,message with high synta

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      • 5 May 2012 11:25, by Naath

        That is right to malawi President joyce Banda for not allowing the world is notorious,the serial killer and must wanted man on earth to African summit.that is right criminal must be kept a way or isolated from the group.

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    • 5 May 2012 15:45, by Ajok Reech

      Bravo Mama Africa, you the are eyes of the marginalized,arrest him if he steps his feet on your soil, he deserved it. shame on Al Bashir

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  • 5 May 2012 09:58, by Northern Sudanese

    i can understand this decision........if bashir went to that summit, that country would heavily suffer economical........it was the right choice.........but its ok, if bashir cant go then may be ALI osman will go or our foreign minister........

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    • 5 May 2012 10:39, by Lango2010

      what a shame, so embrassing, for the head of state field marshal to rule a country in hiding. better give up to allow our sudanese former brothers enjoy with us.
      the string of ICC branded in you will keep you isolated like (Luzifer)devil in Abyss.
      thank be Mrs Joyce Band
      we don’t enterent criminal in Africa any more

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      • 5 May 2012 14:12, by Dinkawarrior

        Bashit has choice to make where he may go to enjoys his gayism either with Arab league or Al-qaeda!!!

        Shame is always come from you fake Ariab!!

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    • 5 May 2012 22:51, by Tiger

      Northern Sudanese!
      Don’t you see that the world is rejecting your criminal President everywhere,most educated countries around the whole world are refusing your cripple and childless president.don’t you see why he’s murdering innocent civilians it’s because he’s too stressed and regret himself for his poor decision.you maybe shouted allah akbar,but no one is hearing you thug.shame on you fake arab

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  • 5 May 2012 13:43, by achien

    Ahahaaaaaaaaaa how long will Northern Sudanese criminal president hide himself from ICC?
    Bashier must be arrest or be kill so that the right person should takeover and administer the Northern Sudan instead of ruling northern sudan in fear and force by criminal.Madam joyce thank for having distanced your country away from being contiminated by Bashier for the sake of your fellow citizens of Malawi.

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    • 5 May 2012 14:05, by wet aweil

      I apppreciate what the pres.of malawi did for not inviding the sudanese criminnal AlBashir in the next summit.dear readers have you hear one day that cats have conducted a meeting with dogs,what let me say that is this ,Albashir is real criminal needed by ICC cann’t be in the summit with the right presidents. let alBashir go and have a summit with okambo.

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  • 5 May 2012 15:42, by 4Justice

    The Luciferians Jean Ping and Thabo Mbeki will soon pressure Miss Joyce Banda to accept their beloved satanic cult friend Omer el Bashir to attend the African Union black mass.

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  • 5 May 2012 16:01, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    I’m So Appalled...Indeed This Shows How Other African Nations Distance Themselves From Certain Criminal Heads Of State Like In This Case Basher...So Embarrassing For Him To Portray Himself As A Superman In His Own Country But Elsewhere/Internationally And Also In Africa Being Seen As A Disgrace Or Rather piece Of Shit By Other Righteous Heads Of States...No NCP Thug Has A Clean Dossier...Haha!

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  • 5 May 2012 16:38, by Zionist

    Now the ICC criminal knows that the president of Malawi got balls.

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  • 5 May 2012 18:33, by Zionist

    The last time the ICC criminal of Sudan visited Malawi, president Mulharika died of heart-attack. However, Bashiir’s visit to Malawi will confirm that he is the undisputed angle of death in Africa, therefore, rejecting it will be the best option.

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  • 5 May 2012 20:58, by panom lualbil

    This is a very big an instance of challenging to OMAR BASHIR than ever b4. And I hope all other criminals are sharing the humililation too.

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  • 6 May 2012 00:06, by Mayar

    I guess than Malawi first thought Bashir indictment was a joke.. I hope others african countries will learn the same fate too..

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