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Sudan maintains opposition to international trials for war crimes suspects

[JURIST] Sudan's vice president maintained his government's opposition [JURIST report] to any international criminal trials for war crimes committed in the Darfur region during a meeting with the UN Security Council [official website] Tuesday on Sudan [JURIST Countries]. Vice President Ali Osman Taha and rebel leader John Garang briefed the Security Council on a peace agreement reached last month between northern and southern territories in the county, a separate conflict from that in Darfur. Taha, in addressing calls for international courts to handle the situation in Darfur, said that Sudan's own courts would be adequate and that international involvement could prevent reconciliation. However, UN envoy to Sudan Jan Pronk said the situation was worse [UN report] than Taha claimed, and that continued violence in Darfur could threaten the separate peace agreement between north and south. Read a UN press release on the meeting. AFP has more.

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