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Sudan president is the greatest African leader: Official

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August 3, 2008 (UNITED NATIONS) – Sudan’s envoy to the UN Abdel-Haleem Abdel-Mahmood again criticized the move by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to indict President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.

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Sudanese Ambassador to the United Nations Abdel-Haleem Abdel-Mahmood (AP)

“We regret that they are accusing one of the greatest leaders in the African continent who had the honor of achieving peace in Sudan and ending the longest civil war in Africa” Abdel-Mahmood told reporters at the UN headquarters.

The ICC’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked pre-trial judges in mid-July to issue arrest warrants for Al-Bashir.

Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order Al-Bashir’s arrest.

But the African Union, Arab League, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) called for invoking Article 16 which allows the UNSC to suspend the ICC prosecutions in any case for a period of 12 months that can be renewed indefinitely.

The Sudanese diplomat said that the UN Security Council (UNSC) must not wait for the judges to make a decision before deciding to suspend the indictment.

“People should not wait for what the judges decide. Any delay is catastrophic and no one will be immune from its dangerous consequences” he said.

“We want something quick to bypass this and put the peace process on the right track” he added.

Last week China’s UN envoy Wang Guangya hinted that they may very soon introduce a resolution on deferring ICC indictment of Al-Bashir.

“China supports the reasonable request by the African Union and other organizations for the Council to take early action to suspend the indictment of the Sudanese leader by the ICC, in accordance with the relevant provisions” he added.

But any such resolution introduced appears to have little chances of surviving a vote in the UNSC particularly with the veto wielding members such as US, UK and France opposing it.

Some UNSC members contended that the support of many regional organizations to invoking Article 16 means that two-third of the world are behind it and that ignoring that is a “sign of disrespect” by the council.

However the UK ambassador at the UN John Sawers said that a resolution on this “is based on the decision making process of the UNSC”.

“I don’t hear other delegations appealing to majorities of member states on other issues. We all know the rules of how the UNSC takes its decisions” Sawers said.

Some Western countries including UK and France have hinted that for the UNSC to consider deferring Al-Bashir’s indictment they must cooperate with the ICC and hand over two suspects

The judges of the ICC issued their first arrest warrants for suspects accused of war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region a year ago.

The warrants were issued for Ahmed Haroun, state minister for humanitarian affairs, and militia commander Ali Mohamed Ali Abdel-Rahman, also know as Ali Kushayb. Sudan has so far rejected handing over the two suspects.

But Abdel-Mahmood rejected the request describing it as an “unacceptable blackmailing”.

“We are not prepared to hand over any of our citizens to any party for trial. We are not party to the Rome Statue and it cannot be forced upon us….The ICC reflects the fake Western justice that we do not recognize and we will not deal with it under any circumstances ” he added.

Sudan has not ratified the Rome Statue, but the UNSC triggered the provisions under the Statue that enables it to refer situations in non-State parties to the world court if it deems that it is a threat to international peace and security.

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  • 4 August 2008 04:24, by Omer

    He is one of the greatest leaders in Africa, he managed to bring Sudan back from the brink of total collapse that Saddique Al Mahdi brought it to. He offered the SPLM countless numbers of times for a peaceful resolution to the conflict yet the hard headed dinka henchmen refused.

    He helped Sudan to become one of the fastest growing economies in the Planet and he gave the southerners (though I completely disagree) 50% of oil wealth even though their demographics DO NOT match that amount.

    All in all Bashir is our president and will continue to do so, the southerners idea of a new sudan will never happen, Muslims actually stick to their religion not unlike the secular pleading southerners.

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    • 4 August 2008 05:45, by Ladu Ladu

      "the greatest president"? What a joke! Omer, get you facts straight before you start ranting. The greatest president is one that runs a country with some dignity, not one that monopolizes power to the benefit of only the riverine Arabs of the Nile. Just look around the country and everyone except your kind is up in arms against Khartoum’s corrupt government. You claim that he brought back Sudan from Sadiq’s ruins. How about I paraphrase that for you: He murdered thousands, just to stay in power. FYI those who call for a New South Sudan are a minority in the South, we are all for breaking off with our 100% oil fields. Then we will see what economic growth Beshir affords your desert home up north.

      Another thing, Southerners are very religious people, all we wanted was a country that respects our right to practise our faith whenever, however and wherever, of course you can practise Islam as you wish. But a government that projects Sudan as only an Islamic country denies that right to us. Because the implication is that all public policies will be informed by Islam. Something we will always vehemently reject. If as you claim the Dinka ’hard-headedness’ is the reason for Sudanese conflict, how about the Darfuris who are Muslims? What’s you take on that? They definitely did not take arms because they rejected Islam! They did because your "greatest leader" have systematically created a government that marginalized non-Arabs in Sudan. (Let us ignore for now the simple truth that even the Arabs do not recognize the so-called Arabs in Sudan Arabs!)

      Do not shift the blame for the problems of Sudan to the South. Any government that retrospectively deals with a problem is a failure! And Beshir is no exception!

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    • 4 August 2008 08:15, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

      Oh my goodness!.

      Fake people are know by some of the words that they can utter!. If you can call Bashir a greatest leader, how can you call somebody like Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere,Nkurumah and above and John de Mabior?

      Omer, you have loose your common sense like your uncle, you better commits sucide before Bashir, just because I heard from the trusted Arabs news cannel that the only way arabs are planing to avoic ICC is to let him (Bashir)commits suicide!!, what a backwardness?.

      Please try to thinks big about it.

      Be bless.

      Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism.

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    • 4 August 2008 09:31, by Koor Garang

      Omer or whatever ,you are mentally dissorted I wish your Allah could help you to see the real Sudan in full term.Southerners are not seeking the freedom for themselves.I would say , its good to have commonsense.you should be smarter then that.They people that are dying now are not christain, they are your mosquemate, they pray the same shit you do (Allah).I am very proud to be a Southerner and to know my enemy.we will have our border with you guys soon so say whatever you want.
      peace

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    • 4 August 2008 17:43, by Malou Manyiel

      I couldn’t believe it! that president Bashir is the greatest president in Africa, does he exactly comes from Africa? Why people doesn’t ashamed on their own words? If so, how can we called those of Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania? Hey ya son bicth, you should shut up your mouth instead of lying to the whole world. Time is running out for your greatest terrorist in the world.

      Malou Manyiel

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    • 6 August 2008 12:19, by lojur lokiden

      To call the sudanese president `great` is a foolishness Omer. What is the connection of power to any religion? Is the oil also mohamed`s property? Is the oil in the north, stupid Omer? The Southerners are going top separate then you will only develop your north with the money got in saudia, I mean you go and clean the Arab`s anus and they give you money as you used to do.If you do`nt like the Southerners, they like themselves.

      Lokiden

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  • 4 August 2008 06:02, by Shuggar

    Beshir is not the greatest African leader, instead, he is a thug and destructive tool of Sudan. His government lives on chances while being protected by smoking guns.
    Beshir did not end the civil war in South Sudan. The Americans did it. Bringing Beshir to The Hague, I believe, will mark the end of suffering of Sudanese people and the beginning of the new peaceful Sudan as it will pave the way to bring the rest of his cabinet to justice. They are part of the 51 figures charged with genocide in Darfur and by issuing them with arrest warants the ruling thugs in Khartoum will be forced to perish and their government to collapse . In such a case, I think that the West and its allies should ensure the well-being of CPA and The Hague should look into atrocities commited in South Sudan during the Rule of Jafar Numairi, Sadique Mahdi and Omar Beshir.

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  • 4 August 2008 16:23, by Daniel Kalaka

    Omar minder yourself before you try to commitent on forum,you have no good pursueing language and by doing that you are going to achieve nothing neither single inch of it ********.Nevertheless, Bashir Is not greater African president at all whatever case may be that can not happen instead Bashir is Looter,crimenal which known as terrorist by world at large,greater leaders care for their people like,those of Dr Garang De maboro Nelson Mandale,Tabu not this crazy Bashir of my friend!just watch out soon you are going to enjoy the pleasure of Bashir been hanging up in hague remember onthing for nothing but via vasa

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  • 4 August 2008 19:42, by Young Paul

    Yes, Al Bashir , is the greatest homo, human kind have every witness beside Prophet Mohammed ,peace of the Satan be upon him. That lunatic Bashir is a gay from head to toe that is why he is childless, like former lunatic Nimer .His sexual organs don’t function, he has been sexual abuse as child and that is normal norms in Islam. The fake prophet Mohammed was well known for homosexuality. Therefore the right title is “Sudan President is the greatest African Gay and a criminal”

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  • 4 August 2008 23:40, by Kur

    My God, a janjanweed becomes a great leader in African. I think the guy rivals Mandela, or even better.
    My friend, war criminals can never become great leaders. Any evil person like Bashir can come to power through the backdoor and that alone cannot make them great leaders.If he brought peace to Sudan, what happened in Darfur? Know one thing, your evil leader will go down in history as a war criminal.

    Kur

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    • 5 August 2008 01:47, by Ana Tafengi

      Sudan’s punk-faced representative at the UN is dreaming. But the handwriting is on the wall. Once one is wanted by any international courts, it is only a matter of time.

      And by the way, thanks for all of you who stood up to challenge contributer Omer’s idiocy. Personally, I have made it a mission to challenge his retarded thinking on every Sudanese forum on the Internet.

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