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Sudanese president affirms commitment to peaceful Darfur solution

08-05-2010 11:01 BJT

TUNIS, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said in Tripoli Wednesday his government is committed to achieving a peaceful settlement to the Darfur issue, news reaching here reported.

During talks with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, al-Bashir stressed that the Sudanese government will strive to bring peace to the restive Darfur region and thus restore stability to the whole country, Libya's official news agency reported.

He also thanked Gaddafi and his country for their support on the Darfur issue, the reporte added.

For his part, Gaddafi told his guest Libya will continue backing Sudan's peace efforts in Darfur in hopes of an early realization of peace and stability in the region.

The Sudanese president's two-day trip to Libya came in defiance of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which released an arrest warrant for him in March last year for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur and issued a second arrest mandate last month for alleged involvement in genocide.

Al-Bashir derided the ICC warrant, the first the court has issued for an incumbent head of state, and urged other countries to reject the order. He has made several overseas trips during the past year.

His Libya tour also came weeks after Sudan closed border crossings with Libya in order to prevent any threats that might be posed by rebel groups or outlaws. The Libyan government later responded that it fully understood the move.

The borderland between the two countries includes part of Darfur, and the vast expanse of desert along the border has long been a shelter for Sudanese rebels.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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