Ethiopia echoed AU position on Sudan, ICC at UNSC

Addis Ababa, December 13, 2017 (FBC) –Ethiopia echoed the African Union (AU) position on Sudan and the International Criminal Court (ICC), calling on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to reconsider its position on the matter.

The Security Council yesterday received a briefing from the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda on the issue of Sudan and the ICC.

Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN, said that Ethiopia’s position on the issue of Sudan and the ICC reflects the AU position.

AU has been repeatedly calling for the suspension of proceedings against President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan and urging the UNSC to withdraw the referral case concerning the matter.

“We have always thought, together with the African Union, that the case is so weak that its continuation made no sense at all. No more evidence is required to validate this than the report of the prosecutor,” he said.

Ambassador Tekeda said Sudan has been playing a constructive role in fighting terrorism, combating human trafficking and illegal migration as well as dealing with other regional peace and security issues.

It has also enhanced its bilateral and multilateral cooperation and engagement on all these issues and this has enormous positive implications, both for the respect of human rights and for peace and security, he said.

According to him, the lifting of the bilateral economic sanctions imposed on the Sudan by the US for the past two decades is a major positive development, which is a result of Sudan’s improved international engagement.

He further said President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir has indeed been demonstrating the necessary political leadership and commitment to resolve the Darfur issue and also in addressing outstanding issues with South Sudan.

By taking these positive developments into account, the international community should change it approach in dealing with the Sudan and the UNSC reconsider its position on the matter, he noted

The ICC issued the first warrant for arrest for President Al Bashir on 4 March 2009 and the second on 12 July 2010.