Κυριακή, 26 Οκτωβρίου 2008

China says working with West to avoid Darfur strife

China says working with West to avoid Darfur strife
By Alaa Shahine
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - China, the biggest foreign investor in
Sudan, said on Sunday it was trying to work with Western powers to lessen the fallout from war crimes charges filed against Sudan's president. Liu Guijin, the special Chinese envoy on Darfur, said he held talks in the United States, Britain and France to discuss the charges brought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. He accused Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in July of masterminding a campaign of genocide in Sudan's Darfur.
"I used those opportunities of visits to Western capitals to have consultations with our partners in the West as how we could work together to seek a kind of a softer landing for the charge," Liu told reporters in Khartoum after talks at
Sudan's Foreign Ministry. Sudan, China and regional powerhouse South Africa have warned a formal indictment of Bashir could damage the stalled Darfur peace process, which aims to end five years of conflict. The Arab League and African Union have tried to get the U.N. Security Council to suspend a possible ICC arrest warrant against Bashir.
China -- which has veto power in the Security Council with Russia, Britain, France and the United States -- says it would support such a move. Human rights groups say China has failed to do enough to stop the bloodshed in Darfur and has violated a U.N. arms embargo on the region.
Asked how
Sudan could convince the United Nations to intervene, Liu said the West wanted Khartoum to speed up the full deployment of a U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur.
With fewer than 10,000 soldiers and police, the force is currently far short of its promised strength of 26,000. Western diplomats, U.N. officials and human rights groups say that is due to obstruction by
Sudan, U.N. bureaucracy and a shortage of helicopters and other transportation equipment...>> http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE49P2IN20081026?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

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