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Omar al-Bashir to speak at UN Summit in New York

Sudan's President who has been indicted by the ICC, plans to speak at the UN summit in September.

FILE: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attending the opening session of the African Union Summit in Abuja in July 2013. Picture: AFP.
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UNITED NATIONS - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes and genocide charges, is planning to travel to New York in September to speak at the United Nations, Sudan's deputy UN envoy said on Monday.

A provisional UN agenda for a sustainable development summit lists the Sudanese head of state as scheduled to speak on 26 September.

The summit is due to formally adopt a plan for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years.

When asked if Bashir would be attending the summit, Sudan's Deputy UN Ambassador Hassan Hamid Hassan said, "Yes." He gave no further details.

A provisional agenda for the UN General Assembly meeting of world leaders, which begins on 28 September, only lists Sudan as being represented at ministerial level.

Sudan's foreign ministry spokesman Ali al-Sadiq declined to comment.

Bashir wanted to speak at the UN General Assembly in 2013, but Sudanese officials said his US visa application was left pending, preventing him from travelling.

Washington described the visa request at the time as "deplorable."

A spokesman for the US State Department was not immediately available for comment on Bashir's plans to visit New York next month.

The Hague-based International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010, accusing him of masterminding genocide and other atrocities in his campaign to crush a revolt in the western Darfur region.

Members of the International Criminal Court are obliged to act on arrest warrants.

The United States is not a member.

Washington also has a special agreement to allow leaders of UN member states to attend the annual General Assembly.

Bashir, who rejects the court's authority, has managed to travel within Africa and the Middle East.

He was recently forced to flee South Africa, however, after a court ruled he should be banned from leaving pending the outcome of a hearing on his possible arrest.

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