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Darfur issue: UN officials discuss strategy

world Updated: Jul 12, 2008 10:33 IST

UN officials and diplomats are discussing a strategy to deal with volatile situation should the chief prosecutor of International Criminal Court seek arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir holding him responsible for genocide in Darfur.

A senior diplomat, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the action would be more of a propaganda value but would have little effect on the ground.

Another senior diplomat was of the view that it would be nothing more than a travel ban that the UN Security Council imposes. The warrants could not be executed in the country.

The only problem would be that Bashir would not be able to travel to the countries where he can be arrested but could go to other States.

However, diplomats and officials agree that it could have profound effect on the ability of the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of vulnerable people who were victims of the conflicts for which the chief prosecutor Luis Morena-Ocampo plans to charge him.

Sudan is not a signatory to the Rome Statute establishing the court but the court draws its jurisdiction on Sudan from a Security Council resolution which had referred the issue to it. The Untied States, which too does not recognise the court, had supported the resolution.