For the People to People program the
Tigrigna service moderated a debate over the International Criminal Court’s
determination to try to bring the president of Sudan to trial for crimes
against humanity in the Darfur conflict.
Tewelde moderated a discussion
between Kidane Mengisteab, head of African Studies at Penn State University,
Glawdewos Araya of New York University and Southern Sudan’s head of mission to
the United States, Ezkiel Gatkuoth.Kidane said the arrest warrant is more of
toll of politics than justice. "We know there are some living world
leaders who are allegedly committed more crimes than Bashir," he said.
Glawdewos supports the arrest.
"I hope this gives a warning signal to other African leaders who allegedly
have been committing crimes against humanity," he said.
Gatkuoth said, "It is very unfortunate. SPLM has been telling the
National Congress Party that the best way to deal with this situation is to
treat this as a legal matter. We should use this as an opportunity for all
of us in Sudan to bring peace to Darfur and continue with the implementation of
the CPA. That is the only way we can get out of this."