Darfur victims await "concrete" action from Security Council: ICC Prosecutor

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Security Council meets to discuss the situation in the DRC

Sudan's failure to implement arrest warrants against senior officials for crimes committed in Darfur appears symbolic of its commitment to a military solution for the region.

That statement comes from International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda who briefed the Security Council on Thursday.

The ICC has issued arrest warrants against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a former Minister, and the alleged head of the militia known as the "janjaweed," for charges including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Ms. Bensouda said words cannot properly express victims' frustration at the lack of any meaningful progress on the arrests.

"The failure of the Government of the Sudan to implement the five arrest warrants seems symbolic of its ongoing commitment to a military solution in Darfur, which has translated into a strategy aimed at attacking civilian populations over the last 10 years, with tragic results. Victims of Darfur crimes can hardly wait for the day that fragmentation and indecision will be replaced by decisive, concrete and tangible actions they expect from this Council." (Duration: 39 secs)

Ms. Bensouda said the Security Council should be even more concerned about the situation in Darfur as crimes continue to be committed there, including by those already indicted by the ICC.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’34″

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