Monday, July 21, 2008

UN cannot interfere with ICC ruling on Darfur

UN cannot interfere with ICC ruling on Darfur: spokeswoman

The United Nations cannot interfere with the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor to seek the arrest of Sudan's president for alleged genocide in Darfur, spokeswoman Michele Montas said Monday.

"The position of the Secretary General is very clear," Montas told a press briefing. "The ICC is an independent body. The secretariat of the United Nations cannot interfere nor be involved in anything that involve the ICC."

She made the remarks after African Union (AU) leaders on Monday asked the UN Security Council to delay any decision by the ICC on whether to indict Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir on genocide and war crimes charges.

Citing the need to "ensure that the ongoing peace process (in Darfur) is not jeopardized," Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe told reporters that the AU was seeking "a delay within the rules of the Rome Statute (which created the ICC ten years ago). Read more >>>>>>>

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