Sudan Turns to the Security Council for Help — Against Chad

by Kevin Jon Heller

There’s gall — and then there’s the Sudan:

Sudan said on Monday it had referred Chad to the U.N. Security Council, accusing its neighbour of launching an air raid inside Sudanese territory.

Sudan’s army said two Chadian planes attacked a region inside the west Darfur district on Thursday — the fourth raid Khartoum says N’Djamena has carried out in Sudan in two months.

Chad has so far not responded to the accusation, but has in the past insisted it has the right to strike Chadian rebels it says are based inside Sudan.

Relations between the two countries have become entangled in Sudan’s festering Darfur conflict and each country has accused the other of supporting insurgents inside its borders.

In May, Sudan accused Chad of launching three bombing raids on its territory, while Chad accused Sudan of sending rebel forces over its border.

“We brought (the air attack) to the attention of the Security Council. It is now up to the Security Council to react,” Sudanese foreign ministry spokesman Ali al-Sadig told Reuters on Monday.

I have a proposal: the Sudan complies with the Security Council’s referral of the situation in Darfur to the ICC and turns over Bashir, Haroun, and Kushayb, and the Security Council takes action against Chad.  Everybody wins!

http://opiniojuris.org/2009/07/20/sudan-turns-to-the-security-council-for-help-against-chad/

2 Responses

  1. I find this almost infathomable. It says something about the legitimacy of the security council though (I guess)?

  2. In response to your earlier post on the ICC/Bashir issue (for which comments are closed) just the quick info that the African which domesticated the Rome Statute are South Africa, Kenya, and Senegal (cf. e.g. Jemima Njeri Kariri’s ISS Today issue on “14 july 2009: AU’s Decision in Sirte Discourages ICC Supporters”).

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