Darfur Statement Blocked in UN Council By
Bashir Indictment Language
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
February 10 -- The politics of war
crimes charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir are now
passage of a statement about Darfur in the UN Security Council, sources
Inner City Press. The United Kingdom drafted a so-called Presidential
about the stand-off around the South Darfur town of Mahajiriya. But the
Council's three African members, supported by Russia and China,
including a paragraph taking note of the African Union's position that
International Criminal Court's proceedings against Bashir should be
the Council sources say, called this paragraph controversial. The UK made a direct bilateral outreach to
China, asking they back down on the paragraph. The Chinese mission to
reportedly said that their instructions from Beijing were to follow,
on a Council reference to, the African Union. The UK draft PRST, the
say, is dead.
UN's Ban and Sudan's al-Bashir: can these meetings continue?
was asked on Tuesday if he would meet with Bashir if he is indicted.
question must already be answered, Ban said he would wait and get
his top lawyer Patricia O'Brien. An African diplomat told Inner City
"Ban couldn't stop meeting with Bashir, he has two peacekeeping
there." For now...
International Criminal Court's president Philippe Kirsch had
to take questions from the Press on Tuesday at 4:25, but midday Tuesday
stakeout chance was cancelled. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is
said to be
in New York -- but where? And why? Some say it is not only about
also to fight against a proposal, at the ICC members' February 12
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