Sudan gov't condemns U.S. stance over al-Bashir's visit to Chad

07:51, July 23, 2010      

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Sudan government on Thursday condemned the U.S. stance over the visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Chad and U.S. request of Chad to explain its stance for not arresting al-Bashir who is taking part in the Sahel and Sahara summit in N'djamena.

"Sudan government condemns the U.S. stance, which was expressed by the spokesman of the U.S. State Department, demanding the Chadian government to explain its stance for not arresting the president of the Republic besides demanding the president to turn himself to the so-called International Criminal Court (ICC)," said a statement by the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua.

"The United States does not recognize the ICC. The U.S. has even reached agreements with other countries so as not to hand over any U.S. soldier or citizen to this court," the statement said.

The statement added, "therefore, America's exercise of its hegemony and its demands for governments and countries of sovereignty to abide by the decisions of the ICC is just a political hypocrisy."

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry further criticized U.S. silence towards the massacres and crimes committed by the Israeli entity.

"The world has never heard before America demanding Israel to commit to the international law or the decisions of the international legitimacy, instead, America always rejects any decision by the UN Security Council condemning the Israeli violations," the statement added.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry called on the free nations and governments to stand in the face of the U.S. hegemony.

"Sudan government maintains the right to respond to the American stance in a way that preserves dignity and sovereignty of Sudan together with dignity of its president and leadership," the statement added.

In the meantime, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry in its statement praised the stance of the Chadian government and President Idris Deby Itno and the Chadian people who warmly welcomed the Sudanese president.

The United States on Wednesday called on Chad to meet its obligations to the ICC. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley earlier said the U.S. left it to the government of Chad to explain why it did not arrest al-Bashir.

On March 2009, the ICC issued an arrest warrant against al- Bashir, accusing him of committing war crimes in Darfur.

The Sudanese president on Wednesday arrived in the Chadian capital of N'djamena to take part in the summit of the Sahel and Sahara grouping in his first visit to a country signatory to the ICC statutes.

Chad said it would not arrest Omar al-Bashir during his current visit to its territories.

Chadian Minister of Interior Ahmed Mohamed Bashir said his country recognized the ICC, but added that Chad was a sovereign state that does not take its decisions according to decisions by international organizations.

Source: Xinhua


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