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November 5, 2008 (UNITED NATIONS) — If the International Criminal Court decides to indict Sudan’s president for crimes in Darfur it could ruin a peace process that ended two decades of civil war, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo (Reuters)

Khartoum has already said that peace in its war-racked Darfur region would be impossible if the U.N. Security Council does not stop the ICC from indicting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for genocide and other war crimes in Darfur.

Sudanese officials have suggested that U.N.-African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, known as UNAMID, could be expelled if the judges indict Bashir. A separate U.N. force policing compliance with a peace deal that ended Sudan’s north-south civil war had hoped they would be spared such retaliation.

But U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mulet said both UNAMID and the other peacekeeping force in semi-autonomous south Sudan, known as UNMIS, could become targets of revenge if a warrant is issued for Bashir’s arrest.

Mulet told the U.N. Security Council that the ICC chief prosecutor’s request for Bashir’s indictment "could have serious security and other implications for UNMIS and UNAMID."

"(It) could potentially derail the CPA process," he said, referring to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended 20 years of civil war that resulted in the deaths of some 2 million people across Africa’s largest country.

"We are concerned about the suggestions of an uncontrolled reaction to an indictment by the population against UNMIS," Mulet said.

"We are also concerned by statements of government officials of an intention to expel U.N. staff members ... thought to have cooperated with the ICC, even though they are performing their authorized functions as directed by the Security Council," he said.

DISPUTE OVER OIL REGION

The CPA appeared to be in jeopardy earlier this year when northern and southern troops clashed in the oil-rich region of Abyei. That conflict was eventually defused and UNMIS plans to shift more troops there to prevent a renewal of fighting.

Sudanese nationwide elections are scheduled for next year and a referendum on whether the south should secede from Sudan is expected to take place in 2011. But the status of Abyei and who should have control over the oil wealth remains unresolved.

U.N. officials have told Reuters that if UNMIS is expelled from Abyei, northern and southern Sudanese troops might resume fighting over the region in a bid to seize control of the oil.

In July, ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo charged Bashir with orchestrating a campaign of genocide in the Darfur region beginning in 2003 that has killed 35,000 people outright and at least another 100,000 through starvation and disease.

The charges include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. U.N. officials say the Darfur conflict has left as many as 300,000 dead and 2.5 million homeless since mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms against the government in 2003.

Bashir says the charges against him were fabricated. He has had support from the African Union, Arab League and other alliances, which have urged the Security Council to block the ICC moves to protect the fragile Darfur peace process.

The ICC judges are not expected to make a decision on whether to indict Bashir before January.

(Reuters)

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  • 6 November 2008 06:00, by Michael Madit Magot

    Absolutely!the ICC could jeopardize our CPA. Thank God they know!
    Why is the ICC in a hurry instead of waiting for the full implementation of comprehensive peace agreement in 2011.

    The atrocities committed by Janjaweed are unforgivable under the order of Al Bashir.
    The only requirement is time for it to be sorted out.

    Hell! Hell! Hell! to Al Bashir!

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    • 6 November 2008 22:51, by Freedom Fighter

      Magot,

      Mr.Logic_Boy appears to be even more logical than both you and your uncle Salva Kiir who wrongly continues to believe Albashir as only guarantor of the CPA. Albashir is not the guarantor of the CPA just like Dr.Garang wasn’t. Look, CPA was sgined by the SPLM and Government of Sudan. So, any government of today in khartoum is responsible for implementation. And belive me, the only guarantors for the CPA are SPLA, sponsors, and witnesses not Albashir.

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  • 6 November 2008 06:07, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    No way keep on with your plan Mr OCampo, al bashir is nothing to the CPA, still if those arabs want to seperate we are ready no body cares about living with terrorists. I would not support frence or US to veto the Rome artcle about forgiving this criminal al bashir. Just imagine when Chinna has regret to support his indication he turn aganist chinese worker by telling his killer to kill them. what a shame no way bashir must face the ICC he not the CPA, CPA is far from him he is him by himself with his skin which is not CPA documents or files.

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    • 6 November 2008 06:30, by Michael Madit Magot

      Logic,

      Omar Al BASHIR is not far from the CPA since he is the president responsible for the country. Every single document pass before him as far as the peace agreement is concerned.
      You can not claim that his vice-president Taha sign the CPA and Al Bashir has nothing to do with it.

      You are dead wrong if you perceive independent or CPA without smooth transition right from the president.

      Let’s not rush AL Bashir indictment while overlooking the dire consequences.
      He killed 2 millions lives in the South and every Southerner who talk of CPA before Bashir indictment is not being insensitive.

      "CPA FIRST,BASHIR SECOND"

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      • 6 November 2008 08:04, by Thomas Ader

        Dear brothers don,t truth UN words or Bashir beause they have already fail of providing strong and effective troops to protect the people of Darfur. the probem of Darfar has been sing as song by UN security council but they reached good deal due to China and Russia that ues to block the UN saction and sending of UN Army.Therefore, Bashir know that his indictment will destroy his government because the name of his 50 tops government offical including him and his 2nd vice president has already been hand over to Kim Moon by former UN General Setcetary Kopi.

        I don,t see any threat to PCA because the peace has been witness by many countries and the current SPLA forces are not like before.

        We need him now to implement 100% PCA agreed issues. and I don,t see whether the ICC moved will be suspected against him.

        View online : ICC indictment could ruin North-South Sudan PCA

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        • 6 November 2008 08:45, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

          Mr little mogat do you really have any idea about protagonist of al bashir?. You magot and your uncle Bona Malwal are the arrogant Southerners who will be used by al bashir as a tool for achieving survival in Sudan. Why don’t you just pack your blankets and go to where the arabs or terrorist are living in north. Do you think your support of al bashir will take you any where? let me remain you before your neck will enter the fire, see the durfurians who have been used as a tool aganist Southerners for decades, how surprsing they are suffering at the moment, don’t pray for al bashir to be gratis, it is good to join those who are cursing for his time to arrive, otherwise you’re howling for nothing. Anyway for your benefit whether been given a fake arab lady or piece of bread it is upto you as a prosaic, but your proxy with your uncle will take you to fire. CPA has nothing to do with bashir, whether he get smash by Ocampo still Sudan will exist in two parts or universal.

          NB:- Born Logically with Advantage of Conscious Kilter (BLACK) is unwanted color by al bashir. Act but still you will be the last to close the door.

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        • 6 November 2008 10:13, by Samuel Lwal

          Micheal Magot you are offside.Logic is true in the sense that,ICC and CPA has no connection.I agree. YES.Basher is one man and CPA was signed bnt the two Parties SPLM & NCP,when Dr Garang DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH CPA didn’t collapse,WHY? and is very prominent as Omer.Or in that case we are ready for separation!!SPLM/A is not the SPLM/A of 1980s to 1990s.This is conventional army that can face whatever ressistance.
          Basher,Taha,Nafi Ali Nafi,Bona Malwal,Aruna and many more criminals deserve to go to ICC.

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        • 6 November 2008 10:26, by Samuel Lwal

          Micheal Magot you are offside.Logic is true in the sense that,ICC and CPA has no connection.I agree. YES.Basher is one man and CPA was signed bnt the two Parties SPLM & NCP,when Dr Garang DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH CPA didn’t collapse,WHY? and is very prominent as Omer.Or in that case we are ready for separation!!SPLM/A is not the SPLM/A of 1980s to 1990s.This is conventional army that can face whatever ressistance.
          Basher,Taha,Nafi Ali Nafi,Bona Malwal,Aruna and many more criminals deserve to go to ICC.

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    • 6 November 2008 11:01, by The Wiseman

      How delicate is Bashir to be handled like God who created human beings? His issue of arrest warrant can not affect the peace deal since it was between NCP as the rulling party and SPLA as rebeling forces, Not Bashir completely. He can go and NCP remains leading the government.

      Magot,

      You knew how Garang was committed in bringing CPA but when he died, he did not take CPA while he was succeded by Kiir, yet he led SPLA. What then, is new for Bashir to go and be succeded by others like Taha who even was physical in CPA making?
      Do not pretend, saying “CPA first, Bashir second” this is wrong completely. Even if Logic boy is ever unreasonable in commending, atleast he said something so big for his capacity.

      First reason!

      The Wiseman of Sudan.

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  • 6 November 2008 09:04, by Mr Network

    Hi! this article carry no clearly justification and the reasons given hereafter are cello ,let Ocampo carry his duties without intervention UN Africain peace Keeping are scare-monger body let them not block UNMIS let Bashir execute himself !!!

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