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“It is a way of separating Bashir from those who might feel uncomfortable in his presence,” said the senior Western diplomat. “That way, when the heads of the Western delegations come up to give a speech they won’t have to walk past Bashir.”

A State Department official, who spoke with The Times on the condition of anonymity citing the sensitive nature of the issue, said the U.S. is committed to international efforts to bring Gen. Bashir to justice.