Darfur groups press US to get tough with Turkey over Bashir trip
President Bashir of Sudan, who faces an international arrest warrant for war crimes in Darfur, is scheduled to arrive Sunday in Turkey for an Islamic conference. Darfur groups want Bashir arrested.
Turkey's plans to host Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir – who faces an international arrest warrant for war crimes in Darfur – at an Islamic conference is intensifying the critical light already shining on Turkey and Sudan.
It is also prompting calls for President Obama to get tough with Turkey and with other international partners, including China, that have disregarded the criminal charges against Mr. Bashir and maintained close economic ties to Sudan.
Bashir is scheduled to arrive Sunday in Turkey for a Monday summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The planned visit has prompted the European Union to ask Turkey to revoke its invitation to Bashir, who was indicted in March by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region.