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UN Security Council vote on Sudan war crimes tribunal delayed

[JURIST] The UN Security Council vote on whether to refer war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan has been delayed after a US request, UN representatives said Wednesday. A vote had been expected on a French resolution that would refer war crimes trials to the International Criminal Court [official website], but the US said it wanted to suggest several changes. France agreed to delay the vote until Thursday at the earliest. The US has opposed France's resolution and has sought exemption for some US nationals from prosecution. A US veto of the resolution would likely be frowned upon, however, since the US sought to have the Darfur atrocities referred to the Security Council. The Security Council voted on Tuesday to impose sanctions [Reuters report] on Sudan, a move opposed [JURIST report] by the Sudanese government. AFP has more.

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