Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Simon Serfaty, US foreign policy specialist

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'It's a War, Stupid!'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French PM calls on ECB to go further to help economy

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'I love the Socialists'

Read more

WEB NEWS

Ukraine: Web users call for international assistance

Read more

WEB NEWS

France: Fighting political corruption with transparency

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

South Africa: Four men found guilty of shooting Rwandan exile

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - August 29th, 2014

Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Armeli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

    Read more

  • Anti-government protesters storm Pakistan's state TV

    Read more

  • Putin calls for talks on 'statehood' for east Ukraine

    Read more

  • Poland marks 75 years since German invasion of WWII

    Read more

  • Israel appropriates large tracts of West Bank land

    Read more

  • Rescue efforts under way after French apartment block blast

    Read more

  • Web doc on French self-immolation protests takes top prize

    Read more

  • PSG trounce Saint-Etienne 5-0 with Ibrahimovic hat trick

    Read more

  • Tension rises in Hong Kong as Beijing rejects open elections

    Read more

  • French police stop 'teenage jihadist' from flying to Syria

    Read more

  • Kidnapped Yazidi women 'sold to Islamists' in Syria

    Read more

  • Confusion reigns after Lesotho 'coup'

    Read more

  • French PM vows to safeguard 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Inside Novoazovsk – the pro-Russians' latest conquest

    Read more

Sudan holds crisis talks on war crimes issue

Latest update : 2008-07-13

A day before International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo (photo) unveils results of an investigation into Sudan's alleged war crimes, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir chairs a crisis cabinet meeting in Khartoum on the issue.

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir was to chair an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday over plans by the International Criminal Court to prosecute Sudanese leaders for alleged war crimes in Darfur.
   
Sudanese officials were locked in emergency talks all weekend in a bid to prepare a united front for the widely expected announcement from the chief ICC prosecutor on Monday that Beshir will be named a war crimes suspect.
   
The extraordinary cabinet meeting was called for 2:00 pm (1100 GMT) exactly 24 hours before Luis Moreno-Ocampo was to unveil the findings of a second investigation into alleged war crimes in Darfur, Sudanese officials said.
   
Foreign ministry spokesman Ali al-Sadiq said the authorities were stepping up security, particularly around the British, French and US embassies in Khartoum, and predicted "chaos" following any indictment of the president.
   
"It's already starting from today but most of it is unseen. You see a few diplomatic police around the premises and residences, and at the same time we will increase the general security," he told AFP.
   
"We assured all diplomatic missions and UN offices. All of them fall under the protection of the government, including the (UN) peacekeepers, and the government is going to do their utmost to protect them," Sadiq added.
   
Fears have been voiced that naming Beshir could trigger a military response from either Sudanese forces or their proxies against UN and African Union peacekeepers, and embolden Darfur rebels who attacked Khartoum in May.

Date created : 2008-07-13

COMMENT(S)