It is amazing what these dictators manage to get away with. Sudan's Bashir is now suddenly open to a cease-fire and negotiations. Meanwhile the attacks continue and the Pope hosts him in Italy:
Al-Bashir's offer came just four days after a major attack launched by his forces against units of the Justice and Equality rebel group in Haskanita, a small town in northern Darfur. Sudanese army helicopter gunships and Antonov aircraft bombed the town in violation of a U.N. military flight embargo, killing over a dozen people.
Al-Bashir, who came to power in 1989 in a military and Islamic coup, was making a rare, high-profile visit to Western Europe that raised concern from human rights advocates and some politicians.
said that and al-Bashir spoke for 25 minutes at the papal summer residence in in the Alban Hills southeast of .
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi described the atmosphere during the talks as "very respectful."
"One could see there was a great commitment by Sudan for this meeting, as demonstrated by such a high-level delegation with evident care to showing great attention and respect for the," Lombardi told reporters.