Indicted President Bashir needed more in Sudan
Dutch Development Minister Ben Knapen says Omar al-Bashir should stay in Sudan. In March 2009, the International Criminal Court in The Hague indicted Mr Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity. But diplomats are not keen to see him arrested, now that he supports the secession of South Sudan in the upcoming referendum.
“We are advocates of the International Criminal Court, justice has to take place. But now al-Bashir is cooperating, and accepts the referendum. Al-Bashir going down might destabilize the North. But you need a government that is able to deal with this appropriately. Chaos is in nobody’s interest,” Minister Knapen told Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
After speaking to Sudanese ministers, Mr Knapen was optimistic that the referendum would go ahead. “I've got the impression that the government has committed itself to the referendum and will act accordingly.” On 1 January, President Bashir declared that he will accept the outcome of poll due to be held on 9 January.
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