The world is bracing itself for the possible indictment of President Bashir and VP Taha for war crimes and genocide in Darfur!
What a development. The ICC prosecutor is preparing his case, which may be as early as Monday.
I don't know whether I should be happy or sad. The atrocities in Darfur really deserve world attention, the failure of implementation of the CPA in South Sudan needs more attention. The issues of Eastern Sudan and other areas are all of equal concern.
But what will the indictment of Bashir mean for peace in Sudan? At worse the world is bracing itself for a backlash: renewed fighting in South Sudan; more suffering of Darfuris; expulsion of UNAMID and withdrwal of cooperation with th einternational community. Expuslsion of ambassadors of Western countries, etc
As the Sudanese UN ambassador said "all options are open . . . and sky is the limit".
I think the world is right to be concern. Do we seek justice for long term effect at the cost of short term suffering and more deaths?
The next few days will surely be the most stressing for the Sudanese government.
. . . unless if the Chinese pull another trick and delay the indictment.