Arab League to hold emergency talks on Sudan

Egypt's state news agency MENA said Sudan called for an emergency Arab League foreign ministers' meeting "to look into the situation between Sudan and the International Criminal Court".

Arab League to hold emergency talks on Sudan
The Arab League (AL) said Saturday it will hold crisis talks on Sudan after Sudan asked AL to hold an emergency meeting of foreign ministers after reports the International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor may seek the arrest of Sudan's president, Egyptian media said on Saturday.

The Cairo-based Arab League received an official from the Sudanese government and examined the latest developments in the situation between Sudan and the ICC, secretary general Amr Mussa's chief of staff Hisham Yussef told reporters.

Egypt's state news agency MENA said Sudan called for an emergency Arab League foreign ministers' meeting "to look into the situation between Sudan and the International Criminal Court".

It cited Khartoum's ambassador to the Cairo-based League as saying Sudan had submitted its request to the office of Arab League chief Amr Moussa, but gave no further details.

"The meeting will take place," Yussef said, adding that no date had yet been set.

A senior European diplomat said on Friday the ICC's prosecutor would likely seek President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's arrest in a new war crimes case he will open on Darfur on Monday.

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is due to submit to judges "evidence on crimes committed in the whole of Darfur over the last five years" and seek to charge an individual or individuals, a prosecution statement said on Thursday.

It gave no details. The Washington Post quoted U.N. officials and diplomats as saying the prosecutor would charge Bashir with genocide and crimes against humanity on Monday.

Judges will probably take several weeks or months to rule on the likely application for new arrest warrants.

ICC judges issued arrest warrants for two Sudanese officials last year -- government minister Ahmad Harun and militia commander Ali Kushayb. Khartoum has refused to hand them over.

Only about 9,000 troops and police out of a planned 26,000-strong U.N. and African Union peacekeeping force have so far been deployed in Darfur in Sudan's west.

Agencies

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