Schaake: "Ashton should address visit of al-Bashir to Cairo in talks with Morsi."

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Dutch Member of European Parliament, Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE), urges Catherine Ashton in her talks today with Egyptian President Morsi to address the announced visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to Cairo for talks next Sunday. The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued two arrest warrants for al-Bashir, indicting him on crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Sudan. According to Sudanese and Egyptian media al-Bashir will arrive in the Egyptian capitol Cairo on Sunday with a senior delegation to hold talks on agriculture, electricity, animal resources and industry. Schaake: "this meeting would put serious doubts on Morsi's commitment to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and jeopardizes Egypt's emergence as a credible member of the international community. Ashton has to voice her strong disapproval if the two men meet and should consider appropriate consequences in response. Business as usual is not an option. The EU can only build a strong partnership with an Egyptian government that unequivocally respects human rights and fundamental freedoms. That is a responsibility the EU has to the Egyptian people." Morsi and Ashton are discussing an upcoming EU-Egypt task force meeting in November. In April 2011 the Egyptian interim government announced plans to ratify the Rome Statute and become a state party to the ICC. States that have ratified the Rome Statute have the legal obligation to arrest individuals against whom the ICC has issued arrest warrants. Schaake, who also chairs the group Parliamentarians for Global Actions in the European Parliament, has submitted the following parliamentary questions to Ashton: Please find the answers of the Commission here.