Sudan renews call for UN reform

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September 18, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour
has renewed the call for reforming the United Nations institutions
especially the UN Security Council (UNSC) in order to make the
international body more transparent and capable of dealing with regional
and international challenges and crises.

Ghandour, who addressed the 17th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
Summit in Venezuela on Sunday, reiterated his country’s rejection “for the
unjust economic sanctions imposed on Sudan”.

He also renewed Khartoum’s refusal to deal with the International Criminal
Court (ICC), describing it as political tribunal that only targets African
leaders.

The ICC issued arrest warrants for the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir,
his former Interior Minister Abdel Rahim Hussein, the former deputy
Interior Minister Ahmed Haroun, and a former militia leader Ali Kushayb.

President al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by
the ICC for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed
during a counterinsurgency campaign carried out by the army and government
militias in Darfur region after the outbreak of rebellion in 2003.

The Sudanese top diplomat underscored his country’s commitment to fight
against illegal migration, terrorism and organized crime, stressing the
need to enhance the role of the regional organizations in conflict
resolution.

In a press release extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, the Foreign
Ministry said Sudan’s permanent mission to the UN managed to include
several items of interest to Sudan in the final document that would be
adopted by the NAM Summit.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
has underlined the NAM’s support for Sudan in its all issues.

The 17th summit, which took place in Venezuela from 3 to 18 September under
the title of “United on the Path for Peace” , has discussed issues related
to terrorism, sustainable development and economic cooperation, and the
Middle East issues and the impacts of climate.

The preparatory meeting for the NAM was held in Cairo in June 1961.

The NAM came into being 55 years ago when leaders of 25 developing
countries met at the Belgrade Conference in September of the same year.

(ST)

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