Friday, 8 June 2012

Malawi will not host AU Summit

Malawi has decided not to host African Union (AU) Summit saying it can not be bulldozed into hosting Sudanese president  Al Bashir.
Malawi's Vice president Khumbo Kachale announced this on Friday after a cabinet meeting after AU Commission forced Malawi to host Bashir 

"Malawi will not be hosting the African Union. This has been  decided by Cabinet this morning after AU Commission forced us to welcome Sudanese President Al Bashir" said Kachali 
 Recently  Malawi's President Joyce Banda made it clear that the Sudanese leader, Omar al-Bashir, would not be welcome at the organisation's meeting in Lilongwe in July.
She reportedly said that she would co-operate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) by seeking his arrest if he enters the country.
Banda fears Bashir's presence in Malawi would jeopardise the country's economic ties with foreign donors, according to a BBC Africa report.
Bashir faces charges of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes by the ICC. Sudan's foreign ministry said Malawi was contravening AU rules, which include "the required propitious frameworks and environment for the summit".

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