Cairo:(Agencies: 12/7/2008): The Arab League and the African Union have joined Sudan in warning against the International Criminal Court (ICC) becoming "politicized".
This came after Khartoum called for an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss reports that the prosecutor of the court in The Hague may seek a warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Bashir over killings in Sudan’s western Darfur region.
In a statement, the African Union said that the search for justice should be pursued in a way that does not jeopardize peace efforts.
ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced on Thursday that he would unveil a new case on Darfur and name suspects next Monday.
It would mark the first-ever bid by the ICC to charge a sitting head of state.
The UN says up to 300,000 people have died and over two million have been displaced since the Darfur conflict broke out in February 2003.