South Africa & the ICC/Sudan

The ICC’s announcement was by no means binding. The United Nations Security Council has split over a proposal by Libya and South Africa to prevent Bashir’s indictment. The United States, Britain and France appeared to be quite skeptical of this plan, but South Africa has argued that prosecuting Bashir would jeopardize African Union efforts at peacekeeping in the region. South African President Thabo Mbeki explained that the peace process “require[s] very serious input by Bashir” and said “it doesn’t help at this time to be considering these indictments.”

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