Sudan¹s Bashir stops short of apology to Carter Center, EU withdraws Darfur poll observers

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Sudan¹s Bashir stops short of apology to Carter Center, EU withdraws Darfur poll observers Jean Smith 4/7/10 11:09 PM

Thursday 8 April 2010


April 7, 2010 (WAHSINGTON) ‹ The Sudanese President Omer Hassan
Al-Bashir, in a huge shift of tone, hailed the work done by the Carter
Center in his country and overruled a decision made by election
officials to bar foreign observers from leaving the capital when the
polls open next Sunday.

Sudanąs President Omer Hassan al-Bashir wipes his head during an
election campaign in Bashirąs hometown of Shandi, 317 km (197 miles)
outside Khartoum April 7, 2010 (Reuters)
"In two days, president Carter will arrive and I will receive him and
will give him and his centre permission to go to any area of Sudan and
to monitor any area in Sudan," Bashir told a rally north of Sudan.
"This man did good things for us and we never forget the man who did
good things for us," he added.
Yesterday, the US based Center has reportedly requested an apology for
Sudanese presidentąs remarks threatening to expel them or else they will
reconsider their monitoring mission.
The Dubai based Al-Arabiya TV quoting unidentified sources said that the
Carter Center, a non-governmental organization founded by former U.S.
president Jimmy Carter that aims to further democracy and human rights,
informed Khartoum about their intention to withdraw unless they receive
a "written and public" apology from president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.
However, the Carter Centerąs deputy director in Juba said they did not
ask for any apology from the president.

 http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article34680

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