China invites Sudan leader accused of war crimes

China says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will visit the country in a little over a week.

Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 21:59 PM IST

Beijing: China says Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir will visit the country in a little over a week,
despite the fact that he`s wanted by an international court on
war crimes charges.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said today that
al-Bashir is making the June 27-30 visit at the invitation of
Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Hong says al-Bashir will meet with Hu and other
Chinese leaders.

The International Criminal Court has issued arrest
warrants for al-Bashir for allegedly orchestrating atrocities
in the African nation`s Darfur region.

Any ICC member state would be obliged to execute a
warrant, but China is not an ICC member.

A UN report, meanwhile, says violence between north
and south Sudan is increasing.

PTI