AU expresses deep concern about ICC decision on Sudan

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The African Union (AU) on Saturday expressed deep concern about the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which, following an application by the ICC prosecutor, issued a second warrant of arrest against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, on the charge of genocide.

In a statement to media, the chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU) said that this decision, which confirmed AU' s previous concerns, came at a particular time marked by progress in the democratic transformation of Sudan, following the April 2010 general elections, and renewed efforts towards the completion of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The decision also came at a time when the AU, through the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), is carrying out consultations with the government of Sudan and other stakeholders on how best to proceed with the implementation of the recommendations put forward by the AU High-Level Panel on Darfur (ALIPD) on justice, reconciliation and healing.

The AU is of the conviction that this new and untimely decision by the ICC and its action in general on Sudan are counterproductive, and will complicate the ongoing efforts and increase the risk of instability, with far-reaching consequences for Sudan, the region and Africa as a whole.

Source: Xinhua

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