The high-level delegation of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF – an alliance of armed rebel movements and opposition parties) arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday morning for talks with members of the Dutch parliament as well as with representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Minni Minawi and Abdelwahid El Nur, Co-Vice Presidents of the SRF, stated that the visit of the SRF to the ICC is “in support of the victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur”.
The delegation appealed to the ICC to “move quickly and have the Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, his defence minister, Abdelrahim Hussein, North Kordofan State’s governor Ahmed Haroun, and militia leader Ali Kushayb, all indicted by the ICC, arrested as soon as possible”.
Jibril Ibrahim, Co-Vice President of the SRF added that the SRF delegation has declared its “full support” to the ICC and its work. The SRF leaders also announced that any SRF member is prepared to appear in the court in case he is charged.
Ibrahim added that the delegation also had meetings with members of the Dutch parliament and with representatives of the Foreign Relations Committee. The delegation has briefed them about “the core issues”: a comprehensive solution for the conflicts in Sudan instead of partial solutions, such as separate peace agreements with the various rebel groups; the humanitarian situation in the war-torn Sudanese regions and the Sudanese government’s use of food as a weapon by preventing that aid reaches the displaced and the refugees, as well as the continuing human rights violations.
He noted that the Dutch government representatives are well informed about the situation in Sudan and were very interested to be briefed about the latest developments.
The SRF delegation, led by its president Malik Agar, arrived two weeks ago in the French capital of Paris at the start of their European tour, aimed at briefing European countries and the EU about their stance towards the Khartoum regime, as well as the concept of regime change moving towards a democratic and just Sudan. The delegation visited Germany, Italy, Finland, and Brussels.
File photo: SRF leaders, from the left, Jibril Ibrahim, Malik Agar, Abdelwahid El Nur, Minni Minawi and Yasir Arman, 4 October 2012 (SRF)
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