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[Published: Saturday May 05 2012]

 Sudan's al-Bashir barred from entering Malawi

Lilongwe, 5 May – (ANA) - Malawi's new President Joyce Banda has said she does not want Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir to attend a summit in July. She says she fears the "economic implications" if Mr Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, attends the African Union meeting in Malawi. Her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, who died last month, last year defied calls to apprehend Mr Bashir. The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's leader, over the Darfur conflict. Mrs Banda is trying to improve relations with donors, who had cut aid to Mr Mutharika's government, accusing him of political repression and economic mismanagement. The African Union has urged its members to ignore the warrant issued by the ICC, accusing it of only targeting African leaders. After Mr Bashir visited Malawi in October 2011, the ICC referred the country to the UN Security Council. Mrs Banda said she had asked the AU to urge Mr Bashir not to attend the July summit. (ANA)

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