No impunity for Omar Al-Bashir, says EU

2010-04-27 08:11

The EU expressed concern over the Sudan vote count, stressing there can be no impunity for those like the winner, President Omar al-Bashir, who is facing serious charges under international law.

A statement by European foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg

welcomed “the largely peaceful conduct of the recent election” but expressed

concerns about “the counting and aggregation of results” as identified by EU


The EU “expresses concern about the deficiencies in relation to

international standards,” the ministers said.

Official results yesterday gave Bashir his first win in a contested

election since his 1989 coup, despite rifts with the West over Darfur war crimes

charges and his hosting of Al-Qaeda in the 1990s.

In March 2009 Bashir became the first sitting head of state to be

indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and crimes

against humanity in Darfur.

The six-year-old conflict in the vast western region pitting the

army and Arab militias against ethnic minority rebels sparked US charges of

genocide and Western anger that he refused to cooperate with the International

Criminal Court (ICC) or surrender wanted officials.

His alleged crimes against humanity include murder, extermination,

forcible transfer, torture, and rape, and two counts of war crimes – attacks

against civilians and pillaging.

The EU statement insisted that “impunity for the most serious

crimes under international law can never be accepted”.

The 27 EU nations reiterated support for the court and called on

the Sudan authorities “to cooperate fully with the ICC in accordance with its

obligations under international law”.


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