Sudan/International Criminal Court
Paris, March 4, 2009
The Pre-Trial Chamber judges of the International Criminal Court have just issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.
President Omar al-Bashir is the third senior Sudanese figure to be the subject of an ICC arrest warrant, after Ahmed Harun and Ali Kushayb.
France reiterates her support for the international criminal justice system. She urges Sudan to cooperate fully with the ICC in the execution of the decisions taken by the judges, in accordance with her obligation under UNSC 1593.
The fight against impunity is indissociable from the quest for peace in Darfur as elsewhere in the world.
France is determined to pursue her efforts with a view to a political settlement. She is supporting the negotiations opened in Doha on 10 February and backing the AU/UN Mediator, Djibril Bassolé, and Qatari facilitation. She expresses the hope that the principal players able to contribute to the peace will commit to the path of dialogue. There can only be a political solution to the Darfur crisis.
At a time when the insecurity is constantly increasing the number of displaced persons in Darfur, it is essential for the humanitarian aid operations and deployment of UNAMID [African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur] to continue, in line with the agreements concluded between Sudan, the UN and African Union, in compliance with Security Council resolutions.
France also stresses that pursuit of the regional normalization process, in the framework of the Dakar Agreement concluded between Chad and Sudan, is one of the conditions for a resolution of the Darfur crisis.
Four years after its signature, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the war between North and South Sudan, is the roadmap for the future, peace and stability of Sudan. Its implementation has to remain a strategic priority for the CPA partners, with international community support./.