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Thursday, March 31, 2005

France agrees to postponement Sudan trials vote

Press Trust of India - New Delhi,India
Mar 31, 2005 10:13:00 AM
United Nations, Mar 31 (PTI) France has agreed to postponement of vote in the Security Council of its controversial resolution which calls for trial of those accused for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur in Sudan by the Hague-based International Criminal Court to give time for more consultations, Council diplomats said.The postponement was requested by the United States which, they say, is trying to enlarge the language for exemption of its citizens from the purview of the Court.The United States does not recognize ICC and had originally proposed that a separate tribunal be set up to try such cases. But European are reluctant to pay for another tribunal and the alleged perpetrators of crimes be prosecuted by ICC.The French resolution exempts citizens of the countries taking part in peacekeeping operations from the purview the Court if their State has not ratified the treaty setting up ICC. That would automatically take American citizens out of its purview but diplomats say that the United States would like to widen the language.If the language is not to the liking of Washington, it could either veto or just abstain.Earlier, the Security Council had adopted two American supported resolution imposing travel and asset freeze on those who are found to be committing the crimes and establishing a 10,000 strong peacekeeping operation for monitoring peace accord signed by the government and southern rebels which brought to an end a separate 21-year old conflict. PTI


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