West African leaders urge ICC to investigate Mali war crimes Jennie Ryan at 10:34 AM ET
[JURIST] The leaders of six West African nations urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to investigate war crimes in Mali [JURIST news archive] at a crisis summit on Saturday. Malian soldiers took control of the government [JURIST report] and suspended the constitution in March, and the fighting has since uprooted nearly 320,000 people. The leaders are asking the ICC "to proceed with necessary investigations to identify those responsible for war crimes and to take the necessary action against them." At the summit, the leaders also called for an end to the fighting [AFP report] before the beginning of the month of Ramadan on July 20. The leaders of Mali were not present at the summit, and representatives of the country who were there walked out.
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