U.S. weighs in on Sudan – NBC’s Libby Leist

March 4th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

The State Department today pressed the Sudanese government to “take seriously” the arrest warrant of President Bashir issued by the International Criminal Court and to respond “in a positive matter.” (more…)

The State Department today pressed the Sudanese government to “take seriously” the arrest warrant of President Bashir issued by the International Criminal Court and to respond “in a positive matter.”

The U.S. is not a signatory to the court, so spokesman Gordon Duguid would not explicitly welcome the arrest warrant today.

Instead he said, “The United States is strongly committed to the pursuit of peace in Sudan and believes those who have committed atrocities should be held accountable for their crimes.”

He added later that he thought the warrant could be “helpful” in bringing peace to Sudan.

The U.S. is calling for restraint from the government of Sudan and armed rebel groups in responding to the arrest warrant, Duguid said, and he stressed the need to ensure the safety of Sudanese populations, international citizens and peacekeepers.

As for U.S. embassy operations in Khartoum, Duguid said the embassy is open and functioning and all U.S. citizens are safe and accounted for.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit took a different tack earlier, calling “on the U.N. Security Council to suspend” the arrest warrant and “hold an urgent and emergency meeting” to decide to do so, per Reuters.

Meanwhile, while in the Middle East, Secretary of State Clinton publically pressured Israel to stop the demolition of homes in East Jerusalem, calling it “unhelpful” and a breach of Israel’s international obligations.

She also pressed the need to do more to open border crossings into Gaza, to allow humanitarian aid to get through.

  1. tola
    | #1

    thank you allah heard those who perrished and fled their country.Guss who is next melese saytanawi do not play america is changing for good viva obama the ogaden issue is equal to darfure let blood sucker woyane know and they are shitting in their pants

  2. jigsa
    | #2

    It is clear that the ICC is more selective than pursuing the exact human rights abuses .When it comes to Africa the ICC is active but nobody is willing to talk about the abuse in Iraq and Gaza .We pray for this giant world legal body to judge from what is right . Sadly they reduced themselves to a political wing of the west and this does not work .

  3. Jungle Boy
    | #3

    I just have one word for all this. Hallelujah!!!!!

  4. Guled
    | #4

    The leaders of criminal Woyane regime should be brought to Justice at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, for their acts of crime of Genocide (Gambela), Crime on Humanity, War Crimes (Ogaden & Somalia), Gang Rapes, Murder, Torture, Forcible Displacement and other crimes. Even if the USA and UK along with their Western allies keep supporting Melesse and his cohorts, we Ethiopians and Africans should support the ICC’s arrest warrant of Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir in order to set a precedent and bring justice in our own backyard. If the OBAMA administration really wants to bring about CHANGE, it should support peace, democracy and stability in Africa by stopping immediately the continuation of the Bush/Blair racist policy of supporting the criminal Melesse regime financially, militarily and technically. No matter what the USA and UK do to cover for Melesse, we Ethiopians (Africans) should push for Melesse to face THE HAGUE!

  5. abby from canada
    | #5

    this is good news for all african people peace. This is a message for those who is terrerizing their own people will be hold accountable for it. Wake up our handsome Meles. This will be you one day.

  6. gone
    | #6

    It is very nice for the rest of African leaders,We can imagine the next candidate is ??? It is meles zenawi.AT LIST WE HAVE HOPE NOW .

  7. tola
    | #7

    ethiopian should accuse melese for genocide against annuak and ogaden as well as oromo but youknow what he will be killed by one of the angry ethiopian he is not gonna live long

  8. Fasil
    | #8

    You just removed my comments because I had a different opinion from you. And how can I trust my country, Ethiopia, to the likes of you and the party you support? What’s the defference between you and the Woyane regime? You all the same.

  9. KEBEDE
    | #9

    I believe the arrest warrant issued by the ICC is not justified. It is a reflection of Neo-colonialism.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    tola :thank you allah heard those who perrished and fled their country.Guss who is next melese saytanawi do not play america is changing for good viva obama the ogaden issue is equal to darfure let blood sucker woyane know and they are shitting in their pants

    @tola

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