Home | News    Friday 13 May 2011

Sudan calls on EU to drop ICC as condition for receiving aid


May 12, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government told a visiting official from the European Union (EU) that they should waive one of the requirements that is preventing Sudan from receiving aid under the Cotonou agreement.

JPEG - 25.7 kb
European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs (L) speaks during a joint news conference with Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti in Khartoum May 12, 2011 (Reuters)

Ali Karti, Sudan’s minister for foreign affairs, said that his country has been denied access to hundreds of millions in Euros due to its refusal to ratify the Rome Statute which is the founding text of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC in 2005 under a Chapter VII resolution after a U.N. commission of inquiry concluded that Sudan is unable and unwilling to conduct trials for those who perpetrated violence in the war ravaged region.

Since then, the ICC charged three individuals from the government side including Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. As a result, Khartoum went and revoked its signature of the Rome Statute.

The remarks by Sudan’s top diplomat came after his meeting with European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs in Khartoum today.

The Cotonou agreement in its original format aims at the reduction and eventual eradication of poverty while contributing to sustainable development and to the gradual integration of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) countries into the world economy.

However, 2005 amendments add the fight against impunity and promotion of criminal justice through the ICC.

“The parties shall seek to take steps towards ratifying and implementing the Rome Statute and related instruments,” the agreement reads.

Sudan has refused to sign the revised agreement by the set deadline which expired on June 30, 2009. As a result, the EU has been unable to disburse 300 million Euros pledged at the May 2008 Sudan Consortium for the period 2008-2013.

Karti said that he agreed with Piebalgs on establishing a "quality partnership" between Sudan and the EU. Piebalgs promised that the EU bloc will support Sudan in its quest for debt relief and joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) but he stressed the need to resolve the political impasse between North and South Sudan over Abyei as well as finding a solution to the Darfur conflict.

The Sudanese minister for international cooperation Galal Al-Degair revealed that the EU gave 150 million Euros that would be used for different parts of the country. The Sudanese official said he asked the EU official for moralizing ties with European investment bank.

Piebalgs also met with 2nd VP Ali Osman Taha and leader of the opposition Umma Party Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 13 May 2011 11:11, by monykuc, Southerner

    Criminals are crying for dollars or euros and they did not cleanse their negative policy against the humanity. i recommend them to be blacklisted and put into the list of those country where there is fixed sanction on them.

    You cannot cancelled the Rome agreement because of Bashir’s indictment. Bashir himself will go and Sudan will remain forever and that’s why we cannot spoil our relations with any country.It will take time to revive smooth relationship with the countries concern. watch out

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Paris conference key for unlocking Sudanese economy 2021-05-16 04:27:17 by Dame Rosalind Marsden Sudan is in the international spotlight on 17 May at a high-level conference in Paris hosted by President Macron in support of its fledgling democratic transition. This (...)

Darfur ethnic attacks must be fully addressed 2021-05-06 04:16:34 Ahmed Elzobier A series of blunders have contributed to the tragic situation in Sudan’s West Darfur region and continue to expose civilians to violence, notably among them the premature (...)

Give credit they deserve 2021-04-30 21:13:25 Ngor Arol Garang While the visit of the government delegation to Chad had triggered debates and depictions in social media reflective of a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.