German president to boycott Qatar conference if Sudan attends
German President Christian Wulff said Saturday he will boycott attending a conference this week in Qatar if Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for crimes against humanity, shows up, dpa reported.
The Alliance of Civilizations meeting is being held in Doha under the aegis of the United Nations and was initiated by a former Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It aims to promote understanding between the Islamic and western world.
"Participation will be out of the question for me if reports are confirmed that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will attend," Wulff said in Muscat, Oman during a tour of Gulf nations.
The International Criminal Court issued a warrant in 2009 for Bashir's arrest over atrocities in 2003 and 2004 in Darfur. The crimes against humanity charge was expanded in July last year 2010 to include genocide as well.