On Darfur, Libya Vows Opposition to UK Draft As ICC
Is Celebrated with Warm Beer, Backwash of Good Intentions
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
February 10 -- The United Kingdom
circulated a draft Darfur statement Tuesday afternoon in the Security
Libya immediately denounced it, for failing to include a suggested
noting the African Union's call on the Council to suspend the
Criminal Court's proceedings against Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.
delegate told Inner City Press that Uganda and Burkina Faso are solidly
the paragraph, but that Russia and China had been surprisingly quiet in
just across First Avenue from the UN, a celebration of the ICC features
trio, cold Heineken beer and Philippe Kirsch, the retiring ICC
Kirsch had without explanation cancelled his scheduled media
Tuesday afternoon. A human rights watcher in the half-light explained
that as a
judge, Kirsch felt it better not to speak. But why then was it
scheduled? The watcher, told that the
the impending indictment of Bashir was already gumming up the Council's
day work of issuing statements of outrage many days after military
blamed it on the Libyans.
are only asking for recognition of the position of the African Union,
they now head up. The watcher said, not
all AU countries feel the same. But while not all European Union
totally agree with that Union's position, once it is adopted, the
follow it. But when Africans follow suit, they are called irresponsible.
ICC's Kirsch, blog description of Moreno-Ocampo's controversies not
at the Coalition for the ICC's event -- an annual celebration, the
pointed out -- was a flyer for a new pseudo-grassroots blog, "In
Situ," described as an "endeavor to help bridge the gap between
populations affected by the crimes under the Court's investigation and
ICC's daily activities at its headquarters in The Hague... opening blog
discussion on the Court's first trial in the case of The Prosecutor vs.
the blog describe how the attempt to screen the Lubanga trial in the DR
results in rioting, and push back from Lubanga's group?
Will the activities in the Hague include the
controversies surrounding Luis Moreno Ocampo, the prosecutor? In the
half-light, with soft jazz, there was only the backwash of good
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