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Sudan to ICC: Darfur violence may increase if you indict President Bashir

Sudan called for an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers Sunday as word spread that the International Criminal Court may indict President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes.

Defiant: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gestured to supporters Sunday in Khartoum, Sudan. They were protesting the possibility that he could be indicted Monday for crimes against humanity and genocide by the International Criminal Court.

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Sudan's ruling party issued a statement Sunday predicting "more violence and blood" in Darfur if the country's president is indicted for crimes against humanity and genocide, state media reported.

A prosecutor at the International Criminal Court is expected to seek an arrest warrant Monday charging President Omar al-Bashir with orchestrating violence in Darfur that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead since 2003.

The statement from Mr. Bashir's National Congress Party called the case against the Sudanese leader "irresponsible cheap political blackmail" that has no legal basis.

Bashir huddled with cabinet ministers and advisers Sunday, weighing how the government would response to the ICC if the president is indicted.

Sudan has also asked the Arab League for an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers.

One of the participants at the cabinet meeting, Essam Youssef, told reporters afterward that Sudanese politicians agreed to send "a strong message to the international community that we stand with all our power against anybody ... who seeks to impose sanctions or target our head of state."

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