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Ex-US envoy says Sudan participation in world events “very difficult” due to Bashir indictment


October 13, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The former US envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, said on Saturday that it is “very difficult” for Sudan to fully participate in international political forums due to the fact that the country’s president Omer Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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FILE PHOTO - Scott Gration, U.S presidential special envoy to Sudan, speaks to the media after meeting with Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, chairperson for the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), after closing registration for the Southern Sudan Referendum, in Khartoum December 13, 2010 (Reuters)

The Hague-based tribunal accuses the Sudanese leader of masterminding war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in his country’s western region of Darfur during the pinnacle of the conflict that erupted there in 2003.

Since the ICC issued its first arrest warrant for Al-Bashir in 2008, the Sudanese leader has been able to travel to few Arab, African and Asian countries, including China, but he has not set foot in any Western country and has encountered several embarrassing situations where some host countries had to relocate events to avoid receiving him while others quietly asked that he cancels appearances at their events.

In an interview broadcast on Friday by Kenya’s private TV station NTV, Gration said that Al-Bashir’s indictment has made it “very difficult” for Sudan to participate fully in international political fora. The US official made his comment while comparing Sudan’s situation to Kenya which also has four of its top politicians indicted by the ICC in relation to the post-election violence that hit the country in late 2007.

Gration, who served as a US special envoy to Sudan between December 2010 and March 2011, also said that his country strongly supports efforts by the ICC to bring suspected perpetrators of crimes to trial.

Sudan refuses to cooperate with the court which is also seeking the arrest of three other Sudanese individuals, including the defense minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussain and the governor of South Kordofan State Ahmad Haroun, on similar charges.

In an interview with the London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat on Satruday, Sudan investment minister Mustafa Osman Ismail acknowledged that the arrest warrants have led to some “negative results” but downplayed their effect on Al-Bashir’s international travel.

The minister argued that Al-Bashir did not travel much even before the ICC arrest warrant and therefore it made no difference. He added that the president visited and continues to visit many Arab, African and Asian countries.

According to Ismail, many people in Sudan believe that the ICC charges are “concocted”. He went on to cite the fact that some members of the UN Security Council, including the US, are not members of the court as evidence that the ICC is a politicized entity.


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  • 14 October 2012 10:28, by Jalaby

    I really respect a person like Mr. Scott Gration very much for two reasons:
    1. He acknowledged Misserya right in Abyei and that the referendum can’t be done without them.
    2. He resigned as US ambassador in Kenya after US foreign affair asked him to prepare for big celebration for Gays & Lesbians and he resigned because that against he believes!

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    • 14 October 2012 10:47, by 4Justice


      Jalaby really disrespect a person like Mr. Scott Gration very much for one reasons:
      1. Gration’s strong support of ICC to bring suspected perpetrators of crimes to trial.

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    • 14 October 2012 11:07, by Dinkawarrior

      Even though I loved our brothers and sister of Darfur, I hate to hear this message every single day. "war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in his country’s western region of Darfur" What about 2.5 Million murdered in South Sudan by the same criminal called Bashit? Please don’t listen to this Middleman called Gration! He is a real gold-digger! Shame on him!

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      • 14 October 2012 11:23, by Dinkawarrior

        We are just waiting for celebration of the evacuation for the Obama Administration from the White when President Romney took office. My message to you North Sudan, don’t be panic when South Sudan join collusion with Israel and U.S under the Romney Administration. We are just have some days away to get the job done.

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    • 14 October 2012 16:10, by P.K.M

      Jalaby, paying Gration to say what you want to hear is one thing but it’s another story if he has any truth to what he is talking about. An American knowing more about South Sudan lands and its people; how funny is that? It seems that you’re easily conned to pay foreigners to say laughable things.

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    • 14 October 2012 19:48, by Observer

      You are so funny these days!
      You can go onto Google ( because you wouldn;t beleive me if I said it) and see the reasons why Gration resigned.
      Nothing at all like you have stated - but then again for you it is always why let the facts get in the way of a good story from Jalaby.

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  • 14 October 2012 10:34, by Northern Sudanese

    What this man said is true, however we won’t down our president because of a false court indicting only third world leaders and specially focused on africans! they never indicted , bush , blair or israeli officials!

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    • 14 October 2012 11:10, by Dinkawarrior

      Even though I loved our brothers and sister of Darfur, I hate to hear this message every single day. "war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in his country’s western region of Darfur" What about 2.5 Million murdered in South Sudan by the same criminal called Bashit?

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    • 14 October 2012 11:19, by mohamed mahgoub

      N.S. I hate stupidity Bush didn’t kill Americans ,Blair didn’t kill brits. the Israelis didnt genocided Jews ppl u get it ?

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      • 14 October 2012 20:46, by Northern Sudanese

        mohamed mahgoub
        bush and blair killed 1 milion iraqi in the name of a lie, jewish stole the land of palestine and all them made up lies about genocide, what genocide?
        you get the picture troll?

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        • 15 October 2012 00:48, by mohamed mahgoub

          I hate when one acts stupidly Bush went to war with iraqis & afganis & moslims in retaliation to happened to his country & ppl & ur govnt helped him achieved in war on terror ! My ques. is what ur own ppl in D.SK,BN did to u to deserve this genocidal war,u can jutify killing ur own ppl, do u know Hitler striped the Jews from the German citizenship before send them to death camps so he can be fre

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          • 15 October 2012 01:00, by mohamed mahgoub

            Cont. Be free of the guilt of killing his felow citizens thuogh it was a mocking act

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  • 14 October 2012 11:10, by Tutbol

    Al Bashire is being defended by the UK lawyer who recently acknowleged it in the UK’s BBC HARDtalk program. One wonders if the UK also runs the the USA. But S Sudanese know who the british ruling classes are. We’re egaliterians peoples and will never ever be subscribed to their class lives. They better look for people they may change into kings like the Arabs & leave us alone fulstop!

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    • 14 October 2012 11:23, by 4Justice

      Zeinab Badawi (born 24 November 1959, Sudan) is a Sudanese-British television and radio journalist.

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      • 14 October 2012 19:19, by dinkdong

        She is a slut. She doesn’t looks like Northern Sudanese.

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        • 14 October 2012 19:43, by Observer

          What an immature comment on both bits of it.
          Where is your proof for your statement about her being a slut- first hand knowledge?

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          • 14 October 2012 20:37, by Rommel

            This pseudo ’forum’ is filled to the rim with ignorant, vile and inconsiderate morons who see no problem (s) with flouting universally held conventions on proper conduct, civility, politeness and intellectual honesty and integrity. This site is *almost* the exclusive preserve of cringingly self-unaware idiots running amok. All I want is my inheritance --- my land...

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            • 14 October 2012 20:48, by Rommel

              .. but that certainly doesn’t give me the right to label a woman with such a disgusting and hateful word. It also doesn’t give me the right to gratuitously and crudely insult Islam and its adherents when it has absolutely no relation to the subject-matter at hand. My grievances do not afford me the right to claim [without historical evidence] that the Arabs of Sudan are alien to the very same

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              • 14 October 2012 21:09, by Rommel

                land that their ancestors have lived and thrived in for thousands upon thousands of years. In fact the world’s first recognizable Monarchy and civilization was established in north Sudan, before the time of the pharaohs of Egypt — with the oldest example of pharaonic kingship coming from north Sudan itself. I’m sorry, but once you’ve got me started I simply cannot stop.

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                • 15 October 2012 00:19, by zulu

                  The obsequious admiration for anyone said to be sudanese is by itslef patronizing and sadly a vexation. I believe, if you had watched Zainab interviewing Garang right after the CPA, you would reconcile your views with those who deride Zainab

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                  • 15 October 2012 05:48, by Rommel

                    There’s nothing obsequious about condemning the use of such a disgusting word, for whatever reason. I saw the pestilent and hostile manner in which she interviewed the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, without even the pretense of impartiality... but does that actually warrant calling her a s***!? I’m hoping that you know the answer to that.

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                    • 15 October 2012 06:00, by Rommel

                      I don’t respect her as a journalist, but I will afford her the same respect that I afford any man. I saw the interview and it seemed as though she wanted to absolve the Islamist, dictatorial and genocidal Government of any and all culpability --- and then transfer that culpability solely onto Garang and the movement itself...

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                      • 15 October 2012 06:58, by Rommel

                        .. but my opposition to all manifestations of sexism still stands. I want every inch of my inheritance back and I will stop at absolutely nothing to reclaim what is rightfully mine, but that does not entail using such hurtful words. Be rational, reasonable, determined and objective and you shall prevail. Cloud your judgment with emotion... and you will surely lose.

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          • 15 October 2012 00:08, by dinkdong

            First of all, the picture of that brit had nothing to do with the article. Secondly, she hasn’t dressed like an Arab woman.
            Now I am apologizing for my comments. To whoever posed the picture and all that had read my comments, I am sorry.

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        • 14 October 2012 20:50, by Northern Sudanese

          dude whats your problem? what has she ever done to your useless ass?
          she is a sudanese but in western style (without sudanese toub or islamic tarha)

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      • 14 October 2012 20:57, by Northern Sudanese

        sudanese outside sudan are always so successful , specially in the gulf and EU. high ranking jobs such as president of pepsico and main Architects of Dubai Mall ect
        if these people came back to sudan they could help a lot with their knowledge and experience. but currently due to economic sanctions i aint think they will come.only Mo Ibrahim the richest sudanese has plans to support DAL group

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  • 15 October 2012 03:48, by Tutbol

    The way you always barrages this site with your idiotic out of dictionary words with no coherencies to the message you want to impart clearly shows how idiotic you’re sometimes. You may need to get any an education chap. Spewing lots of vocabularies that are irrelevant to the topic to show off doesn’t makes you an intellectual, but it rather shows where you’re coming from.

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  • 15 October 2012 04:56, by Kenyan the cushite

    offcourse sudan is a pariah state. when you have a genicidal butcher for a president what do you expect. no one wants to deal with a country that is a shame to africa and the human race

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  • 15 October 2012 06:52, by Tutbol

    Our ancestors extricated themselves off the burdens of monarchies ages ago and didn’t want to have anything to do with pharoanic overlords ever since whatsoever and if there’re some brethrens who still wish they would be served by kings, then they should consider migrating to arabs world or even Swaziland or even the UK if they would be accepted there. Who doesn’t know the ugliness of monarchies?!

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