SUDAN WATCH: Saudi Arabia 'disturbed' by ICC Bashir warrant

Monday, March 09, 2009

Saudi Arabia 'disturbed' by ICC Bashir warrant

March 9, 2009 RIYADH (AFP) report excerpt:
Saudi 'disturbed' by Beshir arrest warrant
Saudi Arabia said Monday it was "disturbed" by the arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir on charges of crimes against humanity and pledged to stand by Sudan over threats to its sovereignty.

"The council of ministers said the kingdom is concerned and disturbed by the International Criminal Court's decision to arrest his Excellency President Omar Hassan al-Beshir," Information Minister Abdul Aziz al-Khoja said following a cabinet meeting led by King Abdullah.

"This will not solve the problems in Sudan. On the contrary, it will exacerbate them," he added in a statement carried by SPA state news agency.

"The kingdom will stand by Sudan in facing all that could threaten its sovereignty and territorial unity," he added.

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