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ICC prosecutor accuses UN of prolonging Darfur conflict by failing to push al-Bashir's arrest
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:02 PM EST
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is accusing the U.N. Security Council of prolonging the conflict in Darfur by failing to take action to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and others accused of war crimes.
Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.
The Security Council referred the Darfur conflict to the International Criminal Court in 2005, but has failed to pressure the government to arrest al-Bashir and others accused of war crimes. U.N. diplomats blame China for blocking council action.