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Vol 52 No 3

Published 4th February 2011

Rewards and realpolitik

Kenyan and Sudanese officials are claiming victory in their battle against the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

France and the United States are seriously considering the African Union (AU)'s requests to defer the International Criminal Court's prosecution of six Kenyan officials and Sudan's President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir, senior African and Western officials have told Africa Confidential. Support from those two Western states would almost certainly guarantee a vote in favour of deferrals at the United Nations Security Council; France and the USA have permanent seats and vetoes on the UNSC. Portugal, currently a non-permanent member, has diplomats now scrutinising the ICC dossier on Sudan.

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