Peacekeepers to remain in Darfur: UN official
With the International Criminal Court (ICC) expected to announce its decision against the Sudanese political leadership this week, the chief of UN peacekeeping operations has said that the joint UN African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will continue its activity of protecting the local population even if it is issued.
The ICC will announce its decision on an arrest warrant sought by prosecutors for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes.
Speaking to journalists, Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alan Le Roy, said that he has been assured that peacekeepers in Darfur will not come under threat should the ICC indict President Al-Bashir.
"The Government would assume its full duty of protecting UN missions in Sudan against any negative impact that may result from ICC possible decision against the Sudanese political leadership," Le Roy said.
But UN does not have any information on whether the ICC will issue an arrest warrant, he said, stressing that the Court in The Hague is an independent body and will announce its decision on March 4.