Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Below is some of the reaction to the announcement from around the world.
NAFE'A ALI NAFE'A, SUDANESE GOVERNING PARTY DEPUTY
We know that asking for [the arrest of the president] is one form of neo-colonialism. They want to control peoples' fates and put them under their hegemony. Whatever measures the [Sudanese] government adopts, and however severe and strong these measures may appear, I reassure you that they will be far from the real anger of the Sudanese people.
BERNARD KOUCHNER, FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER
It is a decision of the International Criminal Court and President Bashir must respect it. We must respect justice. We know what the consequences might be, but we are supporters of this international court and we know that it is not possible to challenge its decisions.
SADIQ AL-MAHDI, FORMER SUDANESE PRIME MINISTER
We want the Sudanese people, and all political forces, to understand this issue and overcome this impediment by reinforcing and strengthening their internal ranks, since targeting any person in this country, especially its leader, is targeting Sudan, its people, stability, peace and security - and every Sudanese must understand this matter.
GORDON BROWN, UK PRIME MINISTER
We call on the government of Sudan to co-operate with the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court has our support for its activities.
SUDANESE DEPUTY AMBASSADOR TO THE UK
We will continue to protect our country and our sovereignty because Sudan is not party to the Rome Statute which established the ICC. We think this is an attempt made by Mr Ocampo to destabilise the country and to harm the peace effort in Darfur.
BAN KI-MOON, UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
It (is) essential for the United Nations in Sudan to continue with its peacekeeping operations and its humanitarian and development work. We are counting on the government of Sudan to guarantee the safety and security of all UN personnel and property and also humanitarian workers.
ABDUL-WAHID MOHAMMAD NOOR
SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT LEADER
This is the fruit of great, great efforts, from 2004 until today. We have now reached the happy conclusion which our people have been waiting for. This government, us, or anybody else who has committed a crime against the people of Sudan and Darfur, must be brought to justice, to be punished.
EL-GHASSAIM WANE, AFRICAN UNION SPOKESMAN
The AU's position is that nothing should be done that might jeopardise the peace process in Sudan. Consultations are under way for an emergency meeting of the peace and security council to be held - probably in Addis Ababa - at a ministerial level.
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