Britain Foreign Secretary David Miliband the ICC procedures will not lead to the resolution of the Darfur problem and might even complicate it.
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Nov 20, 2008 - 5:27:42 AM
Britain Foreign Secretary David Miliband the ICC procedures will not lead to the resolution of the Darfur problem and might even complicate it. Miliband says his country is in consultation with France to form a common position towards the ICC crisis and to suspend the Occampo warrant
Damascus, Nov. 19 (SUNA) - Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband has pointed out in an interview with the Sudan news agency that his country backs the exerted efforts in the UN Security Council that are aimed at postponing the decision of the ICC for at least one year and that his country was aware that the procedures of the ICC would not resolve the Darfur question but would rather complicate the questions and could have serious repercussions on the future of the peace in the Sudan. The Minister pointed out in his statement to the Sudan News Agency that his country was currently coordinating with France over the issue so as to give the Sudanese government time to achieve peace in Darfur and to end the crisis. However the Minister said a clear stand was not crystallized yet and that he would be meeting with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner to consult over the issue and form a common French British stand on the matter. The Minister expressed his hope that the coming year 2009 would witness comprehensive peace in Darfur which he said he had discussed with the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. The British official has commended the positive steps that have been realized on the ground in Darfur by both the Government of the Sudan and the international community to resolve the crisis, referring to the Arab initiative spearheaded by Qatar and that of the Sudan National forum on Darfur held recently in Khartoum saying it reflects the government seriousness to prepare the climate for the upcoming peace negotiations in Doha. MA/MA
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