Bashir: Court's move part of neo-colonialist agenda

Regional powers have criticised the move to indict Bashir, saying it would threaten a fragile peace process in Sudan which has suffered civil turmoil since 1955.

Bashir: Court's move part of neo-colonialist agenda
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir criticised Western states on Sunday over the International Criminal Court warrant.

Speaking to trade union leaders visiting Khartoum from Arab, African and Asian nations, Bashir said the court's move was part of a neo-colonialist agenda to protect the interests of developed countries.

"Our position is firm ... there will be no cooperation with the so-called International Criminal Court," he said to cheers from supporters.

The court's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the court for its first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state.

Last year, the court issued two arrest warrants for a junior cabinet minister and an allied militia leader for war crimes. Khartoum refused to hand them over and has not tried them in national courts.

Regional powers have criticised the move to indict Bashir, saying it would threaten a fragile peace process in Sudan which has suffered civil turmoil since 1955.

The Non-Aligned Movement, African Union and Arab League have all expressed support for Bashir.

African Union officials have in the past expressed concern that the ICC's first four cases have all focused on African wars.

Bashir said Washington was committing crimes every day in Iraq and Afghanistan and should be brought to account for the atom bombs dropped in Japan during World War II.

"These colonial superpowers are waging a targeted campaign against our country," he said.

Mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms in early 2003 accusing central government of neglecting remote Darfur. Khartoum mobilised mostly Arab militia to quell the revolt who stand accused of a widespread campaign of rape, murder and looting.

Reuters
Last Mod: 04 Ağustos 2008, 13:25
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