The European Union has criticised the visit of President Omar Al-Bashir to Uganda, a State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court ICC. The Sudanese leader yesterday concluded a two-day working visit to Uganda at the invitation of his counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni. Museveni and his guest looked at ease, holding talks in Entebbe State House and then visiting Musevenis farm in Gomba District, some 136kms outside Kampala
As a signatory to the treaty, Uganda has an obligation to arrest Omar al-Bashir who was indicted by the International Criminal Court for masterminding crimes against humanity in Darfur region. He faces charges of murder, forcible transfer, extermination and rape, according to ICC warrants of arrest issued in 2010.
Mahadi Ibrahim, the former Minister of Communication in Sudan said that the classification of Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism was without justification or proof and has instead subjected the country to economic, developmental, humanitarian and legal restrictions designed to undermine its growth and development.
The agreements centre on nine key areas, including a demilitarised buffer zone and oil production. The two sides, however, made no progress on the disputed Abyei region, which is claimed by both countries, as well as oil-rich Heglig over which they clashed in April this year.