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ICC Note: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will not attend the UN general assembly this week in New York after previous reports indicated he would be attending. Bashir had recently traveled to participate in an African Union summit in South Africa where he left unscathed regardless of the indictment by the International Criminal Court who holds warrants for his arrest. The Sudanese delegation will be led by  foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour and will meet with Secretary’s Kerry and Ban Ki-Moon, instead. Bashir is wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in overseeing the systematic extermination of mostly black Christians from Darfur.

By Mohammed Amin

09/24/2015 (All Africa) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, under indictment by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, has abandoned his plan to attend the UN general assembly in New York this week.

Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs said the President will not be leading his government’s delegation as earlier expected, said

President Bashir had vowed last month that he will attend the meetings, noting that the US had no right to block his visit as he would be participating at a UN event.

Washington has avoided hosting Bashir as many international human rights organisation and lobbies have called for his arrest if he set foot in America.

Last year a deep row erupted between Khartoum and Washington when the latter officially refused to grant President Bashir an entry visa to the US to attend UN meetings.

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