New York - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will not
attend the UN General Assembly, a UN official said on Thursday, as the Sudanese
leader faced protests over fuel subsidy cuts at home.
Despite an outstanding warrant for his arrest from the
International Criminal Court, Bashir had said on Sunday he planned to attend
the UN General Assembly and had already booked a hotel in New York.
Protests broke out in Khartoum and other Sudanese cities
over higher fuel prices on Monday. Six people were killed on Wednesday during
clashes with security forces and Sudan's internet was cut off on the third day
A UN official told Reuters by email Bashir would not after
all be coming to New York, giving no further details.
Washington has led calls for Bashir to face international
justice over bloodshed in the now decade-old conflict in Sudan's Darfur region
and the US ambassador to the UN had previously called Bashir's intention to
travel to New York "deplorable".
A US official had said on Wednesday that a decision on
Bashir's visa request had not yet been made.