Bloomberg Jason McLure, Feb 5 2010
The African Union said a decision by the International Criminal Court to review a decision not to charge Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir with genocide in the western region of Darfur may undermine peace in the country.
“The AU reiterates that the search for justice should be pursued in a manner not detrimental to the search for peace,” the 53-member nation group said in an e-mailed statement today. “The latest decision by the ICC runs in the opposite direction.”
AFP Emmanuel GOUJON Feb 5 2010
ADDIS ABABA — The African Union on Friday said the International Criminal Court’s decision to consider adding genocide charges to an arrest warrant for President Omar el-Beshir harms Sudan’s peace process.
“The AU reiterates that the search for justice should be pursued in a manner not detrimental to the search for peace. The latest decision by the ICC runs in the opposite direction,” the pan-African body said in a statement.
An appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday ordered a review of Beshir’s arrest warrant for alleged atrocities in the western Sudanese province of Darfur.
It directed judges to reconsider their decision omitting genocide from the warrant issued in March last year, saying they had made “an error in law”.
The African Union said the ICC’s decision comes at a sensitive time for Sudan — with elections due to be held in April and a referendum on self-determination for Southern Sudan set for January 2011.