Sudan Rejects U.N. Darfur Resolution, Rebels Happy

Sudan on Friday slammed a U.N. resolution sending Darfur war crime suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and signaled it would not cooperate in handing its citizens over to face justice abroad.

In contrast, the two main Darfur rebel groups welcomed the resolution and said they would both comply by sending to the court any members of their groups accused of crimes. The U.N. Security Council voted 11-0 with four abstentions late on Thursday to refer a sealed list of 51 people accused of crimes against humanity in Darfur to the ICC, after last-minute wrangling to allow exemptions for U.S. citizens. The resolution is the first referral to the ICC by the council. “I believe it is unfair, ill-advised and narrow-minded,” Sudan’s state minister for foreign affairs, Najeeb al-Kheir Abdul Wahab, told Reuters. “It undermines the government’s quest for justice in Darfur through reconciliation.” Full Story

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