10 March 2009
KHARTOUM - The U.S. Embassy in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, said it’s allowing some staff to leave the country and warned its citizens of potential violence after the northeastern African nation’s leader was indicted for war crimes.
“The Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and family members at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum until further notice,” the mission said in a warden message to U.S. citizens posted on its Web site. Spokeswoman Judith Ravin said by phone from Khartoum that “non-emergency personnel” would include anyone whose absence wouldn’t harm the functioning of the Embassy.
Sudan expelled 13 international aid agencies after the International Criminal Court indicted President Umar al-Bashir on March 4 on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by his government in its six-year-old counterinsurgency war in Darfur.