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Ethiopia defends S. African position over attempts to arrest Sudanese President


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 18, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday defended the rejection of the South African government to arrest and hand over Sudanese president, Omer Hassan al-Bashir, to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Ethiopian prime minister Haile Mariam Desalegn (Photo: Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the South African government came under huge pressures from rights groups, ICC and international community to deliver Bashir to the war crimes court in response to two arrest warrants issued against him since 2009 and 2010.

Speaking in a meeting with a visiting Sudanese media delegation Desalegn said the South African government wasn’t cooperating with the ICC to arrest the Sudanese President as some reports speculated.

The Ethiopian prime minister said the attempt to arrest the Sudanese president was instigated by non-governmental organizations and not the South African government.

71-year-old Bashir, who was re-elected recently for a new term was in Johannesburg to attend the 25th Ordinary Summit of the African Union.

However, shortly after his arrival in South Africa on Sunday, a South African court ordered the Sudanese president not to leave the country until decision is made on whether he should be sent to ICC to stand trial over alleged war crimes.

In defiance of a court order and amide urgent calls for his arrest, the Sudanese president, however flew home on Monday after the South African government reportedly let him leave the country despite the court’s decision.

Dessalegn, who also is IGAD chairperson, assured that his country “objects the imposition on African leaders” for which Ethiopia along with the African Union will continue to struggle against "such injustice".

African states have repeatedly accused ICC of double standards arguing the Hague based court was only targeting political leaders in Africa but not to those war criminals elsewhere.

During the African summit in South Africa, AU chairman Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has urged African leaders to pull out of the ICC.

South Africa’s ruling party (ANC) has also slammed ICC recent attempt to arrest the Sudanese president and voiced support to the Africa Union’s position for amendment to the Rome Statute.

The visit of the Sudanese media delegation to Ethiopia was part of the ongoing efforts to cement existing strong relationship between Ethiopia and Sudan and address regional concerns.

During the meeting, Desalegn briefed the 22-member Sudanese media team, on bilateral relations, Ethiopia’s plan to use Sudanese port and boosting investment with Sudan as well as on the ongoing South Sudan peace process.

Also, he briefed the delegation on Ethiopia’s multi-billion dollar Nile dam project which had been a source of dispute with Egypt and the current tripartite relations and progress achieved with that regard.

The Sudanese media delegation have visited Addis Ababa light railway network, transformer factory and Addis Ababa university Science Faculty.


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  • 19 June 2015 00:07, by Akol Liai Mager

    Readers need to know fact: It was Al-Bashir personally with the help of American President Bill Clinton who invaded Ethiopia and installed the puppet regime. This was for only two reasons, 1 for Americans, they did not want a single African pro Socialist regime as the mother of socialist was collapsing. 2 Bashir did not want an African regime supporting African revolutionaries specifically, SPLM/A

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    • 19 June 2015 00:11, by Akol Liai Mager

      So, Al-Bashir is the God’s father of the current regime in Ethiopia and if you believe so then you and I would not be surprised by such a position that deny the genocide’s victims rights and protection of the perpetrator. Time will come for African leaders to serve their citizens than serving racist regimes in North Africa particularly in North Sudan.

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      • 19 June 2015 00:32, by salah

        It is not North Sudan, it is the SUDAN

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        • 19 June 2015 06:09, by Mi diit

          Akol Liai Mager,

          Will you support ICC someday when it comes for Salva Kiir or will you run to someone like the Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn to not allow Kiir to be arrested in one of the African countries?

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          • 19 June 2015 06:56, by dinkdong

            ICC will definitely come for Kiir and Riek alike. Like Bashir, they are bunch of killers and they all (including Bashir himself) deserve to answer to the International Court. I don’t favor any of them.

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          • 19 June 2015 10:08, by Akol Liai Mager

            It’s a yes from me. I am not a hit-and-run person. If I were Bashir, and know I did nothing to prove me guilty, I would do what Uhuru Kenyatta has just done to clear my name or face justice. But because he is proving himself guilty, that’s why he will have to live running. For Jacob Zuma, he has just proved to be a servant of the killers in the expenses of the victims.

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            • 19 June 2015 11:28, by Mi diit

              Akol Liai Mager,

              Don’t go far up to Uhuru Kenyatta. Just ask why is Kiir refusing the release of the AU report by Commission of Inquiry. Is he not ready to prove himself innocent from the accusations in the report?

              Don’t be like former detainees whose only vision is to see Kiir and Riek out of presidency and sneak in to do nothing.

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          • 19 June 2015 20:46, by Clausewitz

            Mi diit:

            You support a traitor and a mass murderer and so you really shouldn’t cast judgement. Thousands of people died at the hands of Riek’s forces, as a consequence of his directives. How many more of our people do you suppose died when Riek helped Khartoum to gain complete control of the oilfields? He is complicit in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

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  • 19 June 2015 00:16, by Marco A. Wek

    I agreed with you Mr. Prime minister. Today’s world always target weak nations and Africa is full of the weak ones that are easy targets. Bashir’s government did untold things but he is not alone the one in the world that did it. I am not his fan he should be targeted when others put of Africa did more than what his government did. Arresting Bashir will not be the end of the suffering but peace

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    • 19 June 2015 07:04, by dinkdong

      No. Africa is not full of weak leaders. It is full of wicked leaders. Leaders who, once they get into power, do not want to be replace. Leaders who are corrupted and do not care about human lives.

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  • 19 June 2015 10:11, by Thokidine

    Our leaders are not weak but wicked. we are created equally by God "white & Black" but coz we have chosen the wrong path of leading Africa n the fact that we ve inferior fidelity toward others, the heart that want to own the world’s possessions and shot sightedness, we failed to ve a valued leaders. Look, our leaders praise Mandela and yet no body want to be like him.

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    • 19 June 2015 19:01, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Well said in first comments,kudos to u.

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