WAR: Gen. Bashir Gives Kibaki Two-Weeks Ultimatum


more about geneva;”>“The President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer al-Bashir decided to delay the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador to Khartoum and recalling the Sudanese ambassador from Nairobi for two weeks, cialis 40mg following his receiving yesterday evening of Kenyan Foreign Minister as an envoy of President Mwai Kibaki, ” a statement released Friday night by Sudan Foreign Ministry reads.

The development shows Khartoum’s growing desperation amidst heavy isolation by the international community and African countries.

ICC issued a warrant of arrest for Bashir for perpetrating genocide in Darfur.

“Sudan will wait for a period of two weeks to give an opportunity for Kenya’s effort to contain the issue and take the measures required, but will have no choice but to move forward in steps, which began by expelling the ambassador of Kenya and the withdrawal of its ambassador in Nairobi,” the statement adds.

During the meeting in Khartoum on Thursday, Bashir told the Kenyan foreign minister Moses Wetangula his country expects Nairobi to vehemently oppose the Kenyan court’s decision itself because it is contrary to international and regional obligations and hurts its direct interests particularly with Sudan.

Kenya has since been caught up in a diplomatic quagmire after the judge ordered Attorney General and security minister to immediately arrest Bashir should he ever set foot in the country.

The judge further ruled Kenya should have arrested Bashir when he visited the country last year. The ruling was triggered by a petition of a civil society group which said as a signatory of the Rome Statute, Kenya was obliged to arrest Bashir.

Shortly after the ruling, Bashir fired Kenya’s envoy and severed economic ties with Mwai Kibaki’s government.

The row has since sparked fireworks with analysts fearing the escalation could lead to war.

Bashir’s ultimatum, to many, will not be met since Kenya has strong democratic institutions. However, Kenya officials say they will appeal the ruling.

Back in Kenya, Wetangula said: “Sudan had set out a raft of reprisals against Kenya that would have had a negative effect on our economy and country … We were able to stop these.”

According to Sudan Tribune, Wetangula said Kenya would also have lost a key market for its tea, coffee and other products if the row had continued. Sudan bought tea worth $200 million from Kenya last year, but its exports to Kenya were negligible, he added.

The Kenyan foreign minister said Bashir had ordered that all flights by any airline taking off or destined to Kenya would not be allowed to fly through Sudan’s air space.

Bashir also instructed all trade ties between Khartoum and Nairobi severed, and that all Kenyan nationals in Sudan – who he estimated at about 1,000 – be expelled immediately. The Sudanese president also ordered that all Kenyan troops serving in a United Nations peace force in Darfur be expelled from Sudan, said the minister.

However, sources say Bashir expects Nairobi to scrap the arrest warrant altogether within the next two weeks and not simply file an appeal.

The top diplomat in Kenya have appeared to challenge the court’s order saying that Bashir will lead Sudan’s delegation into Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit that could be held “in Kenya or elsewhere”.

But the Kenyan Chief justice Willy Mutunga issued a statement yesterday warning the government against any attempts to undermine the independence of the judiciary.

“To choose not to obey court orders is to overthrow our Constitution. Court orders apply universally to ordinary citizens, corporations, members of the Judiciary, Executive and Legislature. If a country chooses to live by anarchy, it must be ready to face the consequences of disregarding the law,” Mutunga said in a statement.

“I urge all Kenyans and institutions of Government to adhere to the provisions of our institution and abide by the rule of law. The Constitution provides avenues to be followed where individuals or institutions are aggrieved by judicial decisions” he added.

“The Judiciary and its officers will not be intimidated to bend the law,” Mutunga warned.


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