The South Africa-based
Institute for Security Studies (ISS) this week held an international conference
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the possible consequences and implications of
the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants for senior Sudanese
officials, including the warrant for President Al-Bashir.The conference was aimed at African policy-makers,
political leadership and civil society actors working in the fields of peace
and security and international justice.
Paula Roque is a senior analyst with the ISS. From South
Africa’s political capital, Pretoria. She told VOA’s Akwei Thompson there the conference was
held in four sessions.
“The first panel was looking at the UN resolution
that referred the case to the ICC and looking at the obligations of parties to
the Rome Statute and no-state parties.”
Roque said the panel looked at the legal
implications and duties of members of the UN Security Council as well.
Partcipants from the ICC and an international lawyer from the International
tribunal for Rwanda took them through all the legal implications and also gave
the panel the legal perspective of “where we stand today with the arrest warrant.”
The other three panels looked individually at the
impact the arrest warrant would have on Darfur; the north-south dynamics and
the prospects for a continued political transition and the Comprehensive Peace
Agreement; as well as new options for mediation.
The ISS analyst said the conference also
addressed the question of the legality of the warrants raised by a group of
Sudanese scholars this week.