Uganda says Sudanese President not invited for AU summit

15:47, June 06, 2010      

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has disclosed that his Sudanese counterpart Omar al Bashir has not been invited to attend the African Union (AU) summit slated for next month in Uganda, said a statement issued here on Saturday.

Ugandan President Museveni, while meeting with President of the International Criminal Court Mr. Sang Hyun Song at State House Entebbe, 40km south of Kampala, on Friday night, clarified that Sudan will be represented by other government officials in the meeting, according to a State House statement.

Bashir, who was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March 2009, shunned the AU special summit on refugees and internally displaced persons held here last October following Uganda's ambiguous position on his visit.

Bashir's indictment is among other key issues debated in the ongoing ICC Review Conference here while some NOGs are calling for his arrest.

The 12-day ICC meeting, which started on Monday, is aimed at reviewing the Rome Statute that established the ICC in July 2002.

The conference will assess the impact of the ICC in addressing impunity that is of international concern like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide as member states are split on the adoption of crime of aggression.



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