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Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks to supporters during a tour of Niyala, south Darfur, July 23, 2008.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has vowed in an interview never to deal with or appear before the International Criminal Court.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has indicted al-Bashir of genocide in Darfur and asked the court for an arrest warrant. It may be weeks before a ruling on the request is made.

In an interview published today in the Sudanese al-Ayyam daily, al-Bashir says his government will "never deal" with the ICC and that he has no intention of ever appearing before it.

Al-Bashir also says his government will challenge the indictment's legality before the U.N. Security Council and the International Courtof Justice.

The U.N. says up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million displaced in the Darfur conflict.

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