Serbian President Nikolic speaks during a media conference in Belgrade April 1, 2013. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
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Serbia's presidency Thursday defended its decision to decorate Sudan's president and genocide suspect Omar al-Bashir, saying he was honored for refusing to recognize Kosovo.Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has come under fire for awarding the medal of the Republic of Serbia to Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and genocide.The letter, signed by the coalition's convener William Pace, pointed out that the ICC had indicted Bashir on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur in western Sudan. The conflict there killed some 300,000 people and forced about two million to flee their homes.The Sudanese president denies the ICC charges against him.
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