Last July, Moreno-Ocampo announced [JURIST report] that he had widened his investigation into Darfur war crimes to include activities by rebel groups. His application for an arrest warrant for al-Bashir has caused considerable tension between the ICC and the Arab world. Last week, Egypt sought to delay formal ICC charges against al-Bashir [JURIST report], arguing that interfering in the Darfur peace process would be detrimental to potential peace in the region. Last Wednesday, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mulet said issuing an arrest warrant for al-Bashir could derail the peace process [JURIST report]. Last month, ICC judges gave Moreno-Ocampo one month [JURIST report] to submit "additional supporting materials in relation to some confidential aspects" of his application.
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