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African Union calls on member states to disregard ICC arrest warrant against Libya’s Gadhafi

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — The African Union is calling on member states to disregard the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

The AU says the warrant against the Libyan leader “seriously complicates efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.”

The body recommended late Friday that African nations that are ICC signatories do not honor the warrant if the Libyan leader visits their country.

The Associated Press was shown a copy of the decision and its passage was confirmed by Daniel Adugna, a spokesman in the AU’s commissioner’s office. If member states apply the AU’s decision, it will weaken the warrant as it will mean Gadhafi will be able to travel freely on the continent.