EU's Ashton "concerned" by ICC fugitive al-Bashir's visit to Kenya
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said Friday she was "concerned" by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's visit to Kenya, in defiance of an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant for war crimes, dpa reported.
Kenya is a signatory of the ICC-establishing Rome Statute, and is thus meant to execute the tribunal's orders. But it failed to do so in al-Bashir's case, who is accused of having abetted atrocities in Sudan's western Darfur province.
Ashton "urges Kenya to respect its obligations under international law to arrest and surrender those indicted by the ICC," said a statement of her spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic.
The EU's foreign policy chief also called upon Kenya to continue cooperating with the ICC on the violence which erupted after the 2007 election and brought the country to the brink of civil war, the official indicated.
"Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes must not go unpunished and their prosecution must be ensured by measures at both domestic and international level," Kocijancic said, as she stressed that the EU "is a staunch supporter of the ICC."