ICC-wanted Bashir to go to Uganda for talks on South Sudan disaster, Kampala says received’t arrest him

The African Union has a unique place, of not cooperating on ICC, and Uganda will respect that – International ministry.
Museveni (R) attends South Sudan's four years of independence in Juba on July 09, 2015. He is chairing a Monday meeting in Kampala to which ICC-indicted Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir has ben invited. (Photo/Samir Bol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images).

Museveni (R) attends South Sudan’s 4 years of independence in Juba on July 09, 2015. He’s chairing a Monday assembly in Kampala to which ICC-indicted Sudan chief Omar al-Bashir has ben invited. (Photograph/Samir Bol/Anadolu Company/Getty Photos).

SUDANESE President Omar al-Bashir will on Monday be part of a gaggle of regional leaders in Uganda for talks on South Sudan battle, a high international affairs official mentioned right here on Saturday.

James Mugume, the everlasting secretary, ministry of International Affairs instructed reporters at State Home, Entebbe, 40 kilometers south of the capital, Kampala that President Bashir will be part of Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyetta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to debate the political disaster in neighbouring South Sudan.

“He (Bashir) has been invited for heads of state meeting on regional issues at State House, Entebbe. We expect him to join them on Monday to discuss the crisis in South Sudan and how to end it,” mentioned Mugume.

Kenyetta arrived in Uganda on Saturday whereas Desalegn and Bashir are anticipated to reach within the nation on Monday.

Mugume mentioned Bashir’s go to to the East African nation is not going to trigger a “diplomatic incident” due to Worldwide Felony Courtroom (ICC) arrest warrants for his alleged warfare crimes and crimes towards humanity.”

The African Union (AU) has a unique place (not cooperating) on ICC. We respect and abide by it. We now have no obligation to arrest him,” mentioned Mugume.

Bashir is being accused by ICC for warfare crimes and crimes towards humanity in Sudan’s Darfur area. The AU in October 2013 opposed the ICC prison proceedings towards the sitting president, saying it infringes on the nation’s sovereignty.

Museveni late final yr known as on African nations to drop out of the treaty establishing the ICC, saying the court docket unfairly targets Africans.

It was a u-turn on his half, as beforehand his authorities urged the ICC to indict leaders of the brutal Ugandan insurgent group Lord’s Resistance Military (LRA). The ICC ultimately indicted LRA chief Joseph Kony, who’s on the run someplace within the jungles of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the DR Congo.

There’s presently a multinational African Union looking down Kony and different LRA commanders, main critics to argue that the AU is pleased with the ICC indicts everybody else, besides presidents.

Bashir’s June go to to South Africa for an AU summit stirred up a global controversy after the Pretoria authorities refused to arrest him after a Johannesburg court docket barred him from leaving the nation.

After pushing again aggressively and even threatening to stop the ICC, final week the South African authorities appeared to again down, with President Jacob Zuma saying his nation couldn’t arrest Bashir as a result of he was a visitor of the AU, not South Africa’s, and the areas the place the continental summit occurred had been primarily ceded to the group throughout the assembly.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has persistently reminded the international locations which might be signatories to the Rome Statute of a authorized obligation to arrest President Bashir. She is unlikely to get a lot assist from them any time quickly.

-Reporting by Xinhua.

Aline Niyonkuru

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