On March 18 A defiant Sudanese president rallied Arab supporters in Darfur by saying no war crimes court or the U.N. Security Council can touch even an eyelash on him even though an international order for his arrest has been issued.
President Omar al-Bashir accused the West for allegedly seeking to create chaos in Sudan and trying to split Darfur from the rest of the country as he spoke at a rally, Associated Press reported.
His remarks reflected his confidence amid support from the Arab League, whose chief Amr Moussa said this week that the 22-nation group will not act on the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant when al-Bashir flies to an Arab summit in Qatar at the end of the month.
No ICC or Security Council or any other party will change our path or touch an eyelash in our eye, al-Bashir shouted at the rally in Niyala's nomad Sabadou area. The president of Sudan is not elected by Britain or America. Sudan is an independent country.
Al-Bashir visited Darfur for the second time since the war crimes warrant was issued to him by the ICC on March 4.
According to the charges, al-Bashir is accused of orchestrating atrocities against civilians in Darfur, where his Arab-led government has been battling ethnic African rebels since 2003.
To date up to 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million have been driven from their homes as a result of these atrocities.
Many fear the warrant could unleash violence against civilians and the joint U.N.-African Union mission in Darfur.
To date 13 large foreign aid agencies have been expelled from Sudan most of which operated in Darfur. They have been accused by al-Bashir of spying for the ICC.
The U.N. estimates that the expulsion threatens more than 3 million people with the loss of food aid, health care or suitable drinking water.
Al-Bashir again denounced the warrant at Wednesday's rally, saying his holy fighters are ready to fight. His speech was broadcast live on Sudanese state television and showed a smiling al-Bashir, speaking from a truck to chanting supporters, mostly tribesmen dressed in traditional white robes and turbans. Behind the crowd, a group of tribesmen paraded, galloping on horseback.
Al-Bashir claimed the West seeks to create chaos in Sudan similar to Iraq, where he said U.S. forces killed women and children, looted the country and planted sedition.
Those criminals want to do the same in Sudan, he said, occasionally waving his cane. We will not give them the chance to sabotage our country”, the Associated Press reported.