Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir (photo) met the head of the Arab League, to discuss accusations against him, by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
To solve the crisis, the Arab League has drawn a plan that has been well received in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, said Amr Moussa.
On Saturday, during a Cairo meeting, the ICC’s call to arrest Mr Bashir on war crimes charges has been condemned by the Arab League.
ICC lawyers say Mr Bashir must answer charges of genocide over the violence in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. But according to the Arab League, the ICC’s move was “unbalanced”.
To meet Mr Bashir, Mr Moussa flew to Khartoum on Sunday.
“In so far as work is concerned, we had very, very serious discussions for the duration [of] a little less than two hours”, Mr Moussa said.
Masterminding crimes against humanity
He said that he was confident that progress would be made on Monday, when he would meet Arab League ministers again.
Though Mr Moussa did not reveal any details of the Arab League’s plan, the organisation called for Sudan to hold credible trials for those accused of war crimes in Darfur.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, ICC chief prosecutor, asked the court for a warrant for Mr Bashir, on suspicion of masterminding crimes against humanity in the region.
Mr Bashir is accused by Mr Moreno-Ocampo of running a campaign of genocide that killed 35,000 people outright, at least another 100,000 through a “slow death” and forced 2.5 million to flee their homes in Darfur.
In the same time, the implications of Mr Bashir’s possible indictment will be discussed by the African Union, which is preparing to meet in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. It is the Sudanese government that requested the meeting.