Government of Botswana position on AU summit regarding ICC
GABORONE, Botswana, July 7, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has noted the decision of the recently held AU Summit in Sirte, Libya to denounce the International Criminal Court and refuse to extradite Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir.
The Government of Botswana does not agree with this decision and wishes to reaffirm its position that as a State Party to the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court (ICC) it has treaty obligations to fully cooperate with the ICC in the arrest and transfer of the President of Sudan to the ICC.
The International Criminal Court was established specifically to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community by for instance, prosecuting those suspected of committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The people of Africa and Sudan in particular have been victims of these crimes. Botswana strongly holds the view that the people of Africa, including the people of Sudan deserve to be protected from the perpetrators of such crimes. This is why a majority of African countries, numbering thirty (30) are State Parties to the Rome Statute.
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