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Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Arab leaders snub al-Bashir warrant

Arab Leaders meeting in Doha, the Qatari capital, have rejected an international arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president accused of war crimes in Darfur.

In a draft communique issued at the end of the first day of the 21st Arab League summit on Monday, the leaders said they considered the warrant to be in violation of the Vienna agreement of 1961.

It stated that any efforts to address the situation in Darfur would need an agreement between all Sudanese factions, rather the trial of the president.

Ibrahim al-Faqir, the Sudanese ambassador in Doha, told Al Jazeera: "We are very pleased at the Arab support to President al-bashir and we are hopeful to have the solidarity with the president in the final statement.

by Fran on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 02:12:40 PM EST
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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Gaddafi storms out of Arab League

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has stormed out of the Arab League summit in Qatar having denounced the Saudi king for his ties with the West.

He disrupted the opening session by criticising King Abdullah, calling him a British product and an American ally.

Col Gaddafi has angered Arab leaders in the past with sharp remarks at summits.

Meanwhile, leaders have been urged to reject an international arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur.

by Fran on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 02:17:13 PM EST
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He came back.  Everyone's getting along just famously now.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Mon Mar 30th, 2009 at 10:09:36 PM EST
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