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|September 17, 2010|
September 16, 2010 (KHARTOUM) - A meeting of the Arab league foreign ministers today endorsed a resolution reaffirming its position in rejecting the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir for war crimes and genocide allegedly committed in Darfur.
An Arab Ministerial Committee on the affairs of the Sudan expressed solidarity with Sudan in the face of the ICC's decisions and called for annulling the warrants, noting that Sudan is not a member of this Court.
The committee, which is comprised of Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Libya, Qatar, Sudan, UAE, Oman and Syria,slammed "attempts to politicize the principles of international justice and used in the erosion of State sovereignty , unity and stability".
The ICC's first-ever warrant against a sitting head of state was issued for Bashir in March 2009 on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The second was issued in July 2010 on charges of genocide.