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news - Sudan's Bashir to Miss African Union Meeting in Nigeria

october 27th, 2009

"Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will stay away from a conference in Nigeria where African Union leaders will discuss a report on the war-torn western province of Darfur, officials said on Monday.

Beshir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, and rights groups had urged the Nigerian government to arrest him if he turned up for Thursday's meeting.

Around 15 heads of African states are expected to meet in Abuja to examine a study of the Darfur crisis drawn up by a high-level AU panel chaired by South Africa's former president Thabo Mbeki."

MORE: "Sudan's Bashir to miss African Union meeting in Nigeria" (AFP)

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