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EU supports UN plan to try Sudan war criminals at ICC

[JURIST] A European Union [official website] spokesperson said Wednesday that the EU supports the UN proposal [UN Commission of Inquiry on Darfur report, PDF; JURIST report] to try those suspected of committing war crimes in Darfur at the International Criminal Court [official website]. Listen to recorded audio of EU spokesperson Amadeu Altafaj Tardio's remarks. The US does not endorse the UN plan to try Sudanese war criminals at the ICC, and instead has suggested that the UN and African Union should create a special court [JURIST report] in Tanzania. Cihan News Agency has more.

1:53 PM ET - Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and International Development Secretary Hilary Benn released a statement [text] Wednesday, expressing its preference that the UN refer the matter of trying Sudanese war criminals to the International Criminal Court. Straw and Benn note, however, that the decision is ultimately the Security Council's, which includes members who have not ratified the ICC treaty. Reuters has more.

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