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Sudan's President Issues a Warning

President of Sudan, Omar Hassam al-Bashier, issued a warning on Sunday and threatened to kick out more aid groups and expel diplomats and peacekeepers on his first trip to Darfur, according to the New York Times.

http://www.
nytimes.com/2009/03/09/world/africa/09sudan.html?_r=1&ref=world

This warning has been issued since the International Criminal Court ordered his arrest on charge of war crimes.

The international court accused him of leading a counter insurgency against Darfur rebels that involved rapes, killings and other atrocities against civilians leading up to 300,000 people dead and 2.7 driven from their homes.

Sudan has already expunged 13 of the largest aid groups operating in Darfur in defiant response to the warrant issued last week by the court in the Hague.

The Sudanese Army said Sunday it was preparing for full alert to mobilize three-quarters of its troops, according to the Sudan Media Center.

Bashier said, "Whoever deviates, we will not let them stay, whether a voluntary organization, an envoy, a diplomatic mission or a security force."

The BBC News reported that Sudan's president has issued a warning for the peacekeepers, diplomats and aid staff to leave while visiting Darfur, in the wake of a war crimes warrant against him.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7930829.stm

Omar al-Bashier said all foreign missionaries in Sudan must abide by the law or face expulsion, as he visited the North Darfur capital of El Fasher.

"They have to respect the rule of the country. If anyone goes further than the rule of the country, we will kick them out directly," said Bashier.

The UN Security Council failed to reach a consensus on Saturday on issuing a statement requesting Sudan to reverse the decision to expel the aid agencies.

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