AMSTERDAM - The International Criminal Court called on the United States on Wednesday to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he travels to next week's UN General Assembly in New York.
The request comes after Sudan said on Tuesday it had applied for a US visa for Bashir, who is sought by the court on suspicion of masterminding war crimes in Darfur.Washington said it had received the application and called the request "deplorable". However, the United States is not a member of the Hague-based ICC so would not be legally bound to cooperate.
The ICC said it had reminded Washington of two outstanding warrants for Bashir's arrest dating from 2009 and 2010 for alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Sudan dismisses the ICC charges, says reports of mass killings in Darfur have been exaggerated, and refuses to recognize the court which it says is part of a Western plot against it.