Coun­try lauds Rus­sia’s snub of the ICC

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

KHAR­TOUM (AP): SU­DAN HAS wel­comed Rus­sia’s snub of the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC), which seeks the ar­rest of Pres­i­dent Omar al-Bashir on war crimes charges re­lated to atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted in Dar­fur.

Ghareb Khidir, spokesman for Su­dan’s for­eign min­istry, said yes­ter­day that the Rus­sian ges­ture gives “strong sup­port to the African po­si­tion against the ICC,” de­scrib­ing the court as a “to­tal fail­ure”.

Three African na­tions an­nounced plans to with­draw and Rus­sia, which is not an ICC mem­ber, snubbed the ICC with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin sign­ing on Wed­nes­day a sym­bolic de­cree to with­draw from the court.

Khidir said he hoped the de­par­tures of South Africa, Bu­rundi and Gam­bia from the ICC and Putin’s ges­ture would prompt oth­ers to with­draw. Rus­sia is not an ICC mem­ber since Moscow never rat­i­fied the Rome Statute that cre­ated the court.

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