Under Pressure Malawi Cancels AU Summit

According to reports the announcement was made by Vice President Khumbo Kachali  after The Cabinet met on June 8, 2012 and agreed that it is not in the
best interests of all Malawians to accept the condition put forward by the African Union Commission to recieve Al Bashir.

Therefore  Malawi will not be hosting the AU summit and we have informed the African Union Commission,” said  Khumbo Kachali.

Kachali said the AU commission wrote to Government to insist that should it want to host the summit it was under obligation to invite all Heads of States including Al Bashir or it will move the summit to somewhere else.

Kachali said Malawi was well prepared for the summit and an evaluation mission from the African Union left the country last week satisfied with the progress.
“Cabinet took decision with the primary consideration of what is in the best interests of Malawians. While we have obligations to abide by decision of the African Union, we are also under obligation to the other international agreements including the Roman Statutes,” said The Vice President.

The Vice President was accompanied by Minister of Lands Henry Phoya and reports indicate that the AU had given Malawi up to Monday to decide on Al Bashir.

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