Bashir: West Wants to Divide African Union


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“The invitation of this summit to the African leaders was selective and in doing this the European Union is trying to divide the African Union,” the Sudanese statement said.

The summit on Wednesday and Thursday will gather representatives of 90 nations from both continents, including 65 heads of state and government.

A Brussels official said earlier that the African Union was free to invite Bashir even though the EU had refused him an invitation.

Bashir is wanted by The Hague-based International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region, where conflict has raged for 11 years.

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said the AU’s position is that all its leaders should be invited.

The summit should be postponed “until the African Union’s concerns are addressed, and this will guarantee its credibility and respect in the international community, because the African continent is one,” Sudan said.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has boycotted the summit after his wife was denied a visa to enter Europe.



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