Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 October 2008

Sudan / French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Daily Press Briefing (October 17, 2008)

 


 

Sudan
/ French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Daily Press Briefing (October 17, 2008)

 

KARTHUM, Sudan, October 18, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ministry of Foreign Affairs Daily Press Briefing (October 17, 2008)

Taken questions

 

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You know there’ve been statements and information in recent days about the arrest of Mr. Kushayb, one of the two people for whom the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant in Darfur. If this information is confirmed, we think it’s a useful step in the right direction. But we also consider that there’s a long way to go since two individuals are the subject of international arrest warrants. The case of Mr. Harun also has to be dealt with. We want the judicial procedures that are being implemented to be the subject of an agreement.

 

Q – Are you basing this statement on reports in the press or do you have other information?

 

No, there were also statements by the Sudanese authorities. We’re basing our statement on their statements and the reports in the press.

 

Q – So President Bashir can have high hopes of not being prosecuted?

 

I repeat that if this arrest is confirmed, it will be a first step but that much remains to be done. It is in this context that I want to recall the French position which is a demand for a radical and immediate change in the situation in Darfur. With regard to the judicial aspect, I would remind you that we’re asking that the two people for whom the International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants, Mr. Kushayb who has reportedly been arrested, and Mr. Harun who is still at liberty, be subject to a judicial prosecution which has the endorsement of the International Criminal Court.

 

Q – It’s a first step towards what?

 

Towards Sudan’s compliance with its international obligations.

 

Q – Who is going to take Sudan where?

 

Let Sudan comply with its international obligations and take the action the international community expects it to take.

 

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SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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