South Sudan

Ban denies ordering Bashir arrest in S.Africa



The Sudanese government on Tuesday said that the United Nations chief, Ban Ki- moon, has denied that he asked the South African government to implement the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against president, Omar al-Bashir.

There are two arrest warrants issued by the ICC against Bashir for war crimes and genocide in Darfur region in March 2009 and July 2010.

Ban was quoted as saying that the ICC’s warrant for the arrest of Bashir must be implemented by countries who have signed up to the court’s statutes.

The ugly episode happened during the AU summit held in Johannesburg last month.

The South African High court ordered the government of Johannesburg not to allow him to leave the country but Bashir managed to sneak out and return to Sudan.

Sudan’s state foreign minister, Kamal al-Din Ismail, has said while meeting with Sudan’s first vice-president, Bakri Hassan Salih, in Addis Ababa Tuesday, Ki- moon denied having participated in the South African incident.

Ismail told Sudan Tribune that Ki-moon who met with Salih in the margins of the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa denied altogether that he made any statement in this regard.

He said that Ki-moon told Salih that the ICC has nothing to do with the UN and that neither his office nor the UN general secretariat had issued any statements in this regard.

Bashir doesn’t recognize the ICC and sees it as a tool used by colonial powers against Sudan and the African nations.

According to Ismail, Salih and Ki-moon discussed several common issues including the status of the hybrid peacekeeping in Darfur (UNAMID), the security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the ICC and the mutual relations between Sudan and the UN agencies.

In a short statement released about the meeting, the UN chief said he discussed the situation in the Sudan’s Two Areas where the government troops fight the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North since four years.

“The Secretary-General said he remained very concerned by the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States,” said a statement released by the office of Ban’s spokesperson.

“He added that a transparent and inclusive political process is the only solution for Sudan to address the violent conflicts on its territory,” further said the statement.


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