(NSI News Source Info) Khartoum - March 9, 2009: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday will attend a rally in Darfur, the western Sudanese region where he stands accused of complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (2nd, L) inspects troops upon his arrival at Fashir, capital city of North Darfur state, March 8, 2009. Bashir said Sunday in Fashir, capital city of North Darfur state, that the country will fight against "neocolonialism".
The Sudanese Ministry of Information said al-Bashir will attend a rally in al-Fashir, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur province and the site of sprawling camps where tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in the area have gathered for aid hand-outs. The planned visit is a further sign of al-Bashir's defiance in the face of a warrant for his arrest issued by the International Criminal Court last week. The Sudanese president appeared at a rally on Saturday brandishing a traditional Sudanese spear and defended his decision to expel 13 international aid organisations on the grounds that they were "spies" and "thieves." "If people want to fight us... they should come here and fight us face to face," al-Bashir said. He said he would not let the arrest warrant "sabotage peace" between northern Sudan and the south. "Nobody will die in the south. We will not fight each other," he told supporters gathered for a fourth day of mass demonstrations in his support. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussam, visiting al-Bashir at his presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday, pledged the Arab League's support for the Sudanese president. "The Arab League will continue to try to defuse the crisis," Moussa said, adding that the 22-member body would send a delegation to lobby members of the UN Security Council to suspend the warrant.