US offers split Sudan resolutions in effort to sidestep ICC deadlock

US offers split Sudan resolutions in effort to sidestep ICC deadlock

[JURIST] The United States Tuesday presented three draft resolutions on Sudan to the UN Security Council [official website] in an effort to obtain agreement on critical issues that to this point has been stymied by a deadlock over the locus of criminal prosecutions for war crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region. Earlier this year a UN panel recommended that war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur be referred to the new International Criminal Court, an approach supported by nine of the fifteen council members, but the US, which has long been a staunch opponent of the new UN tribunal, prefers the establishment of a separate tribunal operating from Arusha. The new tripartite approach separates the US proposal on the war crimes venue from proposals on international peacekeeping and sanctions that have a broader base of support. The Council is expected to consider the new resolutions Wednesday and to vote on the less contentious ones Thursday. AP has more.