ICC calls on DRC to respect its obligations

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is being reminded of its obligations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The warning comes as Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir attends a meeting in Kinshasa, the capital of the country.

The ICC has issued two warrants of arrest against President Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Under the treaty which set up the ICC, states are expected to comply fully with the institution in its investigation and prosecution of crimes.

The President of the court's management and oversight body, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, has written to the DRC Foreign Affairs Minister deploring the "visits of persons subject to ICC arrest warrants to any State Party."

Failure to comply with a request to cooperate with the Court may be referred to the Security Council.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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