- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2009

DOHA, QATAR (AP) - The Arab League has formally rejected the international war crimes charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

The statement Monday was expected after many Arab leaders denounced the International Criminal Court’s charges that al-Bashir was responsible for war crimes in Darfur.

Only three of the 22 Arab League nations are party to the ICC charter, but the declaration was seen as a show of unity with al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir attended the summit in Qatar along with other Arab leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who urged Sudan to allow the return of international aid groups to Darfur. The conflict between the Arab-led government and ethnic African rebels has claimed at least 300,000 lives and displaced 2.7 million since 2003.

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