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Summary: 16 May 2013, Brussels - The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today on the visit of Sudanese President Al-Bashir to Chad:
"The High Representative deeply regrets the visit of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to Chad on 11 May. Chad, like all Parties to the Rome Statute, is under the legal obligation to co-operate with the Court and indeed to arrest and surrender anyone sought by the Court.
The normalisation of the relations between Chad and Sudan is a positive sign. However, non- cooperation with the ICC is a serious shortcoming, as the Court is a vital instrument for combating impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community."