Sjefaktor for Den internasjonale straffedomstolen, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, tviler ikke på at det var riktig å utstede arrestordre på Sudans president Omar al-Bashir. Alt må begynne med at krigsforbrytelsene straffes, sier han.

«The solution for Sudan has to start with arresting Omar al-Bashir.

«Nothing is worse for people of Sudan. They are dying slowly, 5,000 people are dying in the camps each month. Three weeks ago villages were bombed.

«To make peace in Darfur we have to stop the crimes.

Andre var ikke like sikker. Alex de Waal er en kjent Darfur-observatør. Han mener gårsdagen var en sørgelig dag: Unchartered Waters.

Bashir gjorde sitt for øke usikkerheten da han utviste 13 hjelpeorganisasjoner.

The British charity Oxfam said that the government had revoked its license to operate, a decision the group said could affect more than 600,000 people. The Dutch section of Doctors Without Borders, which provides health care in one of the world’s biggest camps for displaced people, in South Darfur, was ordered to leave the country. The International Rescue Committee, which helps 1.75 million people in Sudan, said it was being forced to shut its Darfur operations.

«It happened right after the announcement,» said one aid official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of negotiations to persuade the government to back down. «The connection was clear.»

Bashir spilte på antivestlige strenger ved et offentlig møte torsdag.

«Sudan is raising its voice. It rejects the hegemony, the colonialists,» he declared. Referring to the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Security Council, he said: «We are ready to face you,» according to live television broadcasts from Khartoum which showed him, clad in a light blue suit, addressing a huge crowd from a podium.

«Here in Sudan, we are a liberation movement against this new colonization and we are ready for any battle,» he said. «We defeated them before and we will again.»

He said «the real criminals are the leaders of the Western countries in the United States of America and Europe. They lie to their people and the world and now they think that we will kneel and beg.»

Kina og African Union ba om at Sikkerhetsrådet bruker sin rett til å utsette saken i ett år.

China, a major investor in Sudan’s oil which has sent peacekeepers to Darfur, urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to heed calls from African and Arab countries and suspend the case against Bashir.

The African Union (AU) said it would send a high-level delegation to press the Security Council to delay the indictment for a year to give the peace process in Darfur a chance.

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