Sudan lauds Russia's snub of ICC, which seeks its president
Sudan has welcomed Russia's snub of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which seeks the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir on war crimes charges related to atrocities committed in Darfur.
Ghareb Khidir, spokesman for Sudan's foreign ministry, said yesterday that the Russian gesture gives "strong support to the African position against the ICC," describing the court as a "total failure".
Three African nations announced plans to withdraw and Russia, which is not an ICC member, snubbed the ICC with President Vladimir Putin signing on Wednesday a symbolic decree to withdraw from the court.
Khidir said he hoped the departures of South Africa, Burundi and Gambia from the ICC and Putin's gesture would prompt others to withdraw. Russia is not an ICC member since Moscow never ratified the Rome Statute that created the court.