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Jordan dissents from Arab position on ICC warrant for Sudan’s Bashir


March 23, 2009 (AMMAN) — The Jordanian government reiterated that it will fulfill its obligations under the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) despite the arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

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Jordan is one of three Arab states along with Djibouti and Comoros Island which are members of the ICC. Hypothetically each of these countries are required to apprehend Bashir if he arrives on their territory.

However officials from Djibouti and Comoros Island told the London based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper that they have no attention of arrest Bashir despite being signatories to the Rome Statute.

All three states have signed off on an Arab League statement last year saying that they “reject any politicization of the principles of international justice”.

This month the Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa from the Syrian capital said that his organization as well as Qatar which will host the Arab summit next week received a cooperation request from the ICC but turned it down.

Moussa also said that this is the position of all 22 members of the Arab League.

But today a senior Jordanian official speaking to the Kuwaiti based Al-Jarida newspaper on condition of anonymity made remarks conflicting with those of the Arab League Secretary General.

“We in Jordan wonder, how we would bring Israeli leaders to the ICC following the aggression on Gaza and demand non-execution of the court’s decisions?” the official asked.

Yesterday the Jordanian State minister for media and communication Nabil Al-Sharif said that his government “is committed to the international treaties and conventions it signed with international organizations and commissions”.

On the same day the head of the Jordanian parliament Abdel-Hadi Al-Magali urged Sudan “to present [evidence] to refute claims of the ICC”.

“The Jordanian legislative body is committed to its position in rejecting any aggression against Sudan” Al-Magali told the Sudanese ambassador to Amman.

He expressed hope that Sudan “will formulate an advanced political position to the UN Security Council (UNSC)”.

“The Sudanese cause is just but needs special effort that will prevent intervention by foreign powers in the internal affairs of Sudan” Al-Magali added.

The Jordanian position represents a clear departure from that of other Arab states including heavy weights Egypt and Saudi Arabia which criticized the ICC move.

Jordan is one of the very active states at the ICC Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein was the first President of the ICC Assembly of States Parties from 2002-2005.


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  • 24 March 2009 07:39, by Koja Rubi

    God Bless Jordan!

    Jordanians are the only Arabs on earth who have sense of Humanity.

    The Almighty God is going to bless you abundantly for couragious step you are taking against the bloody thursty Sudanese President.

    Go on the world’s powerful countries and the Sudanese are behind you.

    The Sudanese are only pretending to be supporting AL Bashir for fear of Persecution from his brutal government security agencies. Otherwise most Sudanese want to hear that Bashir is in the Hague for trial

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    • 24 March 2009 08:18, by Anyuathwakou

      Thank Jardon for the first step they taken since the issued of the arest warrant for Sudan President. So i hope the international community will contribute their ideas if they are willing for the current crisis in Darfur.

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      • 24 March 2009 09:40, by Kon Paul Awenchol

        HELLO:Jordon my congretulation goes to Jordon authorities who hold their hearty seriesness to implement the ties treaties agreed by 108 international members via ICC, role is to proved justics and care for individual right all over the World Wide.BASHIR is afool who have came up by chance according to his predeccessor route of political choas that had thrown Sudan into the face of WAR up to now.the slogan that OMER use always is by saying that,"the ARAB need land only but not people"therefore I appreciatte those members who made up formation of ICC.GOD will bless them and keep them but this DOG must to face justics of the international World.BASHIR is a fool who can not be convience and a self doer who beleive in his interests.

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      • 24 March 2009 09:54, by william wol

        Thanks to Jordan Government for dissents it self from Arab countries who wer been trying to oppose the ICC decion regarding bashir indictment, infact went African union was created, it was not for personal gain like what some countries are wanting from Sudan example Eritera which had welcome the wanted crimminal bashir yesterday!! but to save all continent needs and welfares.Therefore, if one to ten people are instabilizing a country then, AU should solve it but bashir had been defying it at all. So whoever,tryiny to support bashir seemed to some gain in the death of sudanese citizen.Definitely, Jordan can get credibilites for being justice as world wants.


        William Wol

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  • 24 March 2009 10:02, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    This is not true !!!

    until it proved to be true we will return but now we will just wait to see.

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    • 24 March 2009 10:45, by Anyuathwakou

      I can not blame Eritrea Government because they are very small country and if they caugh Basher than there must be very big problem between Sudan and Eritrea, that is why the Presudent refused not take the action against Basher.

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  • 24 March 2009 13:52, by Logic

    Jordan is a joke of country for falling inline! They should be encouraging Bashir to step down not take part of this kangroo court!

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    • 24 March 2009 16:01, by Mel mosa

      Muslim always says, support your muslim brother although he doesn’t has right. So, people are still dying in Darfur but the Arab world still supporting Bashier to kill more. shame on you.

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      • 24 March 2009 19:48, by Logic

        Blah blah blah... so if one is against this ICC hoax it automatically makes one a Muslim or an Arab supporter. Religion is of no importance here as it is often used by all sides to further their own agenda.

        shame on you for your ignorance and blind accpetance of the nonsense they feed you on their news networks.

        ICC is a joke and many will never support it regardless of who is being targeted! if there is anything I despise more than Bashir and NCP it would have to be Western hypocricy and imperialism.

        oh, I almost forgot and ignorant people like the comentator above.

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  • 24 March 2009 16:41, by gatluak reat nhial

    exellence to jordanian for their dissents toward Beshir arest warrant. as its actually very clear that when you are moving with femus criminal you will apply the same. so it,s still early for the rest of Beshir royalities to cut up.

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  • 24 March 2009 17:27, by Mr Network

    shame on the rest of arabic countries that yet being in position of supporting brutual Bashir for the evil does,how can you inconsistently behave mad person while hundred of live are dyling.

    Anyway i acn say my word of support to jordan for their strong feeling for innocent people who are suffering in darfur without ,shelter,water and food to survive on,that is firt step forward to solve the issue through an fairly and free atmosphere if the leader realy things the are doing good things or bad to their fellow country man & woman
    Shame on Bashir to hell with him!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 24 March 2009 19:47, by Justin Chicago opiny

    The Arab WOrld should not compare the Gaza issue to the Darfur issue.The Israelites are fighting in defence to protect themselves and only fight back when attacked. Peace can not be achieved when one is not responding to the peace call in a sensitive manner regarding the other not to exist.Balance your judgement

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    • 24 March 2009 19:57, by Logic

      Clearly a case of extreme lack of knowledge!! Go learn a bit more about Palestine.

      I wonder what you would say had the European jews accepted the British offer of Uganda as the new home of Jews persecuted in Europe.

      Israel conducts the world’s most brutal military occupation, you are right this could not be compared to Darfur.

      it is amazing that with the level of info available to people, they still make such ignorant statements. You have the audacity to talk about balancing of judgements.

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      • 25 March 2009 18:41, by mack waweru

        Logic Boy seems to be a Muslim or their agent. Jordan is an Arab country which is a full member of ICC and its leadership has made its position clear. Who are you then to refute that? Are you more intelligent and knowledgeable than all members of ICC?
        Those who support Bashir are enemies of Black Sudanese and Christians in particular. The second man in Al Qaeda yesterday called on Arabs in Sudan to declare Jehad to kill all infidels in Darfur and South Sudan because the international community is supporting them. Then who are you? This article has revealed your true identity to us.

        About Palestine, read history well, but don’t distort it unless you are an Arab and Muslim. There has never been people called Arab Palestininas in human history. Know that Jews were dispossessed by the Romans in 70 A.D from their land and got scattered all over the world including Arablands. Some reamined behind as minority. Then Islam appeared in 500 A.D. Muslims began attacking Romans in the land of Israel. 1505, a Muslim warrior called Salah Edin El Ayubi,who was not even an Arab, but a Kurd from northern Iraq captured Jerusalem from Romans. He spared the Jews as people of the "BOOK" according to Islamic teaching. He put the golden minarets on the dome of the Rock, the Temple Mount that was built by King Solomon. Crusaders could not defeat Muslims. Then came the Ottaman Empire of the Turks, if you know the people whose country is now called Turkey,but not a turkey annually eaten during thanksgiving Day in America. After the collapse of the Ottaman Empire after WWI, the British took over and named the Palestine because the English of that time were against Jews and wanted to erase the true name of land of Israel.They knew Jews will get back their homeland because Herzle told the Jews who were diaspora in Europe during 1800s. They colonzed all the Jews, and Arabs who came as slaves and workers of the Ottaman Empire in the Holy Land.
        After WWII, Jews began demanding their freedom as rest of the people from colonization. Jews who were in diaspora returned back to their homeland which their forefathers had telling them throughout those dark centuries.For 1878 years in diaspora, they maintained their religion,identity and culture. They began moving back, but Arab Muslim slaves of Ottaman Empire who were the majority refuseed to accept the Jews back. The UNO proposed to partition the land for two states in 1947, but Arab Muslims refused, they wanted to rule and control the rightful owners.So the Jews declared their nation in 1948 and the Arab countries of Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria with all other supports from the rest of the countries including Sudan atttacked the state of Israel, but they defeated them. Arabs and Muslims, of whom you are part of are against the Jews. The So called Palestinians people just appeared after 1967 war, taking after the Philistines that the Jews annihilated when God was giving them the Holy Land before Christ was born even.
        Whoever supports Bashir is a satan because those who hate Jews and Black People are agents of satan.
        If you are Bashir’s spokesman or boy, don’t interfere with the Jordanian position.Bashir and his cronies who have millions of lives in South Sudan and 300, 000 in Darfur will stand in the dock in the ICC one day like those of Charles Taylor, Milsovic, Radovic and DR. Congo warlords.


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        • 27 March 2009 12:19, by Logic


          Your version of history and current information is so misguided that I will not bother with you.

          As for your rant about Palestine or Philistine as you put it, that was so funny! go read a book other than the bible and pro-Jewish writings. loooooool

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          • 28 March 2009 15:14, by mack waweru

            You are right not to mind it as you aren’t familiar with issue.
            I am a secularist,thus I can’t base my arguments on biblical history.
            I wish if you would do more research on this very important issue-Jewish one.

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