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Burundi president meets Sudan’s Bashir, calls ICC warrant ‘harmful’

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March 20, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The president Of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza concluded a one day visit to Sudan where he met with embattled president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza (Getty Images)

Sudan official news agency (SUNA) quoted Nkurunziza as saying that he discussed bilateral ties and ways to develop them and push them forward.

The Burundian leader criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) for issuing an arrest warrant against Bashir this month on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which include murder, rape and torture.

Nkurunziza is the first senior official from an ICC state member to meet Bashir following the issuance of the warrant.

“The decision is harmful and will not prevent Sudan from continuing the development process and achieving peace in Darfur” he said.

“The problems of the African continent must be solved in the internal framework” Nkurunziza added.

He noted the “big” role of the African Union (AU) to resolve conflicts in the region.

The AU has warned that the ICC indictment undermines peace efforts in Sudan and called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to invoke Article 16 of the Rome Statute which allows the council to suspend the ICC prosecutions in any case for a period of 12 months that can be renewed indefinitely.

Burundi is one of the contributors to the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur.

UN experts estimate some 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million driven from their homes in Darfur. Sudan blames the Western media for exaggerating the conflict and puts the death toll at 10,000.

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  • 21 March 2009 05:52, by Akol Liai Mager

    someone who have no knowledge of Burundi history could guess that; this populated tiny African country lacks problems to be fixed by her politicians and therefore, may jump to conclude that Mr Nkurunziza visit to Khartoum is in quest for problems to be imported to his country. But,that’s not the case, Mr Pierre Nkurunziza is only blind in both heart, brain and eye so, he cannot feel or see the Burundian’s needs.

    One might also guesses that NIF fugitive leader must be a wealth that comes without sweats, you can just get few dollars out by paying a sympathy visit or phone call, therefore, Mr Nkurunziza favoured a visit to get a bulk.

    If Burundian President heart was really beating because of Sudanese citizens, he should have called the fugitive to condamn him of expulsion of NGOs in Darfur. He would have paid the solidarity with 300,000 deaths, 2.5 millions without shelter, food or water and urge UNSC to take a prompt action against collective punishment.

    Also, Mr Nkurunziza should have visited Juba, Ndjamina and Dafur displacement Camps to hear different opinions. Unfortunately, Mr Nkurunziza needs to be paid for his visit, however, the mentioned list of places heavily affected by ethinic Cleansing in Darfur have nothing to pay nor the dead either.

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    • 21 March 2009 09:54, by Rumeo Robert

      I don’t understand why president Nkurunziza failed to balance his point of focus as per the indictment of Bashir is concerned. How can you Mr president concentrate on one side of the coin by lamenting that the decision taken by ICC is harmful to Sudan’s development?. Why don’t you look at the other side where hundred of thousands of Sudanese but not Burundians are rotten in the bushes and graves? Is this helpful to Sudan’s peace and development?.

      Let us be sincere and tell the fact other than hiding the truth. Do you remember the story of a certain woman who hide Satan and when God asked her whether she has seen this Satan, she denied completely. But after some moments God realized that Satan was hidden by the very woman, a curse was launched by God to this woman. This explains why women are considered to be inferior and source of misfortune to the men. Mr president I thought you came for economic ties,but only to hear that you are protecting a killer. Are you covering yourself that you have the same issues with Bashir? If you love supporting Bashir, you will be his judge at the Hague to prove his innocence soon, and don’t be impatience time is coming for that.

      dearsirrob@yahoo.co.uk

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  • 21 March 2009 07:38, by Garang

    Haha!!!

    Mr. Al Bashir, you are just waisting your money for sure, you bribe president Mbeki, and OBasanjo yesterday and today president Pierre Nkuriziza, who is next tommorow....President Obama and Tony Blair? No matter how much you waist on this African leaders, your arrest warrant could never be suspended. you are a dead body. the million lifes lost in sudan shall never leave you. So keep doing what you are doing with your african leaders full of corruption. I just want you to know that their efforts to halter your arrest warrant shall fall in deaf years. Westerners dont give a shit about African corrupted leaders so please wait patiently for your fate.

    Garang

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  • 7 December 2011 10:01, by Ambago

    Good insight. However the whole thing should be translated into core policies in which the Israeli experience can be transplanted into the RSS setting. Things we should emulate Israel in are its Agriculture and Food Security, Border Security and the parliamentary multi party democracy[best in the world]. We get this balance right and poverty becomes history. Long Live the Isreali & RSS ties..

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