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Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir remained defiant on Sunday on his trip to Darfur, the western Sudanese region where he stands accused of complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Addressing a rally in al-Fashir, the capital of Sudan's North Darfur province and the site of sprawling camps where tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in the area have gathered for aid hand-outs, al-Bashir cast himself as standing against an international conspiracy after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for his arrest last week.
"They speak as if they are the masters of the world," he told a cheering crowd.
"But we will never give up a single Sudanese citizen."
The Sudanese president also warned international aid organisations and diplomats that they must respect Sudan's sovereignty.
"If anyone exceeds the country's sovereignty, we will kick them out," al-Bashir said.
On Saturday, al-Bashir appeared at a rally in Khartoum brandishing a traditional Sudanese spear and defended his decision to expel 13 international aid organisations on the grounds that they were "spies" and "thieves."
Over the weekend, the United Nations said the ejected organisations together supply 40 per cent of relief supplies to those affected by fighting in Darfur.
"If people want to fight us ... they should come here and fight us face to face," al-Bashir said.
He said he would not let the arrest warrant "sabotage peace" between northern Sudan and the south.
"Nobody will die in the south. We will not fight each other," he told supporters gathered for a fourth day of mass demonstrations in his support.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa, visiting al-Bashir at his presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday, pledged the Arab League's support for the Sudanese president.
"The Arab League will continue to try to defuse the crisis," Mussa said, adding that the 22-member body would send a delegation to lobby members of the UN Security Council to suspend the warrant. - Sapa-dpa