|6. May 2009
Khama Wants Bashir At ICC, AU Differ
Gaborone — A recent remark made by President Ian Khama that Sudanese President, Omar El Bashir, should be sent to the International Criminal Court in the Hague was in contravention of the African Union resolution adopted during a recent summit.
The summit resolved that the warrant of arrest for the Sudanese president should be suspended until next year to give it a chance to deal with the problem in Darfur.
The summit expressed its "deep concern at the indictment made by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the President of the Republic of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmed El Bashir".
It also cautioned that "in view of the delicate nature of the peace processes underway in Sudan, approval of this application would seriously undermine the ongoing efforts aimed at facilitating the early resolution of the conflict in Darfur".
A few months later, when welcoming Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, to Botswana, President Khama commended his efforts to unite the people of his country and the entire continent during his tenure as chairman of the African Union. But he supported the warrant of arrest.
"We however note with regret that Africa is lapsing into the dark days of coups and unconstitutional changes as was the case in Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar. Africa must remain resolute in rejecting extra-parliamentary transfer of power by isolating the illegal regimes until the constitutional order is restored."