Warrant for president disastrous - Sudan
An indictment of Sudan's president for war crimes in Darfur would be "disastrous" for the region and could affect humanitarian organizations working there, a Sudanese government spokesman said Saturday.
Mahjoub Fadul Badry told the Arabiyah news channel that if the International Criminal Court sought to indict Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, it would be a violation of the country's sovereignty and would have consequences, the AP reported.
"If an international organization or the organizations working in the humanitarian field are behind such an indictment of the head of state, our symbol of national sovereignty, then no one should expect us to turn our left cheek," said Badry.
He did not specify what actions might be taken but there are fears the charges could provoke reprisals against international aid workers and the U.N.-African Union peacekeepers that are already experiencing difficulties in doing their work.
The prosecutor of the ICC is expected to seek an arrest warrant Monday charging Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with orchestrating violence in Darfur that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead since 2003.
Sudan, meanwhile, has asked for an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers ahead of the expected indictment, according to Arab League spokesman Abdel Aleem el-Abyad Saturday.
Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who is currently in Paris, is making phone calls to Arab foreign ministers set up the meeting.
The court, based in The Hague, Netherlands, said the prosecutor will present evidence of war crimes in Darfur to judges Monday and one or more new suspects would be named. But court officials refused to identify any of the potential new suspects.
The court's prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina, has clearly indicated that he is aiming for the top leadership of the Sudanese government, accusing them of sponsoring the janjaweed militias who have unleashed a reign of terror on the country's Darfur region.
Up to 300,000 people have died since the conflict began in early 2003.