Sudan gov't rejects ICC decision to add genocide charge against Bashir

08:10, July 13, 2010      

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Sudan government on Monday rejected a decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to add genocide charge against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and issue a second arrest warrant against him.

"The government is not concerned with this court, and will respond to it with further accomplishments," said Kamal Obeid, Sudanese minister of information and government spokesman, in a statement Monday.

"The government will continue to achieve its goals and will not pay attention to the desperate attempts by some trends to undermine stability and cripple development," he added.

He added that "the decision of the so-called ICC to add genocide to charges against the president of the Republic affirms what the government has kept on saying that the court is politically oriented."

Obeid further said that the ICC decisions usually tended to block the way before any efforts by the government to settle the Darfur issue.

"The recent decision also comes within the framework of the attempts to cause the joint mediation to resolve the Darfur issue to fail," he said.

In the meantime, Rabbie Abdel-Atti, a leading member of the Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and adviser to Sudanese minister of information, told Xinhua the ICC decision did not add anything new, but increased the government determination to stick to its stance.

"This decision proves once again that the court has pure political orientations, and therefore, the government will not pay any attention to what is issued by this court, and will press ahead with its program to achieve peace, stability and development, " he added.

The ICC on Monday decided to add genocide to charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and issue a second arrest warrant against him.

The ICC said in its new warrant that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Sudanese president acted with specific intent to destroy in part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups in Darfur.

On March 3, 2009, the ICC pre-trial court issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir, accusing him of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Source: Xinhua


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