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Sudan's Foreign Minister says 'ICC is a court built to indict Africans'

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The Foreign Minister has said Not a single Sudanese will go to the ICC court.

 

The war in Darfur is the conflict the world seems to have forgotten, but it hasn't gone away.

And neither has the leader of Sudan, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the man the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for back in 2009 for alleged war crimes in the region. He also was the first person to be charged by the ICC for the crime of genocide.

Bashir, who took power in 1989, is leading a nation that has been grappling with ethnic and religious conflict for more than 50 years - not just in the Darfur region but also in the south, which eventually led to the division of the country and the establishment of South Sudan.

A provisional peace agreement was signed with the non-Arab rebels in Darfur in 2006, and there are talks going on between them and the government to move towards a final deal.

But there are still allegations of serious ongoing violence. Recent attacks, including one in September, left hundreds of civilians dead - many of them children - in the Jebel Marra region in central Darfur. This time, the seriousness of the attacks was compounded by allegations that the government went further than any previous time by employing chemical weapons.

We discuss these allegations, the prospects for real peace and the role of Sudan's President Bashir as the country's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandourtalks to Al Jazeera.

Critics say the ongoing national dialogue announced by Bashir is being controlled by the government and that the security service is keeping participants in check. Ghandour disputes this, saying "it has been a free and fair interactive dialogue".

"In that dialogue, a number of political parties, rebel groups or ex-rebel groups who participated are many, and that has been witnessed by many visitors to Sudan," he says, adding that political activists have not faced any crackdown or been jailed solely for their political activity.

 

Via: Aljazeera

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