SUDAN WATCH: Uganda’s position would remain that of the African Union Peace and Security Council which sought to have Bashir indictment deferred

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Uganda’s position would remain that of the African Union Peace and Security Council which sought to have Bashir indictment deferred

From Monitor Daily, Uganda by Rodney Muhumuza 5 March 2009 - excerpt:
Uganda plays for time over Sudan
(Kampala) - Both Henry Okello Oryem, the minister for International relations and Ambassador James Mugume, the Foreign Affairs permanent secretary, said Uganda’s position would remain that of the African Union Peace and Security Council, which sought to have the indictment deferred.

“We don’t condone impunity, but at the same time we are members of the AU Peace and Security Council,” Mr Mugume said. “We will consider it as AU, and then take the necessary decision.”

Announcing the warrants at the Hague, the ICC said its next step will be to ask all countries signatory to the Rome Statute that created it to enforce the warrants. This means that Gen. Bashir can only travel to countries where he is sure that he will not be handed over.

Mr Museveni has had a complicated relationship with Khartoum, once accusing Mr Bashir’s government of supporting Joseph Kony’s war against Uganda, and later giving him credit for cutting off links with the Lord’s Resistance Army.

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