Egypt aims to delay charges over genocide

CAIRO - The Egyptian government is working to delay any formal indictment of Sudan's president by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in Darfur, Egyptian state media reported yesterday.

Egypt has been among Sudan's strongest regional backers, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a rare visit to Sudan on Monday to discuss the conflict in Darfur and encourage unity.

A prosecutor for the Netherlands-based war crimes tribunal recommended in July that an arrest warrant be issued against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide and war crimes. - Sapa-AP