Obama administration defends going to inauguration of Sudan president facing war crimes chargeBy AP
Friday, May 28, 2010
US defends attending Sudan leader’s inauguration
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is defending its decision to send a representative to the inauguration of Sudan’s president, who won re-election despite facing an international arrest warrant for war crimes.
Omar al-Bashir was sworn in Thursday to another five-year term. Among those in attendance was a U.S. foreign service officer.
The State Department notes that the inauguration also was for a vice president, Salva Kiir, from the largest party representing southern Sudan.
Al-Bashir is sought by the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands for allegedly masterminding atrocities in Darfur.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Friday that al-Bashir should cooperate with the court and “should be held accountable.”
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