THE HAGUE, Netherlands, May 28 (UPI) -- Sudan's refusal to comply with arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court has prompted a move by the court to involve the U.N. Security Council.
The arrest warrants, now 3 years old, were issued by the ICC's pre-trial chamber for Sudan's former Minister of State for the Interior Ahmad Harun and also for alleged Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb.
Sudan has yet to cooperate, which led the ICC to refer the situation to the Security Council at U.N. headquarters in New York.
Harun and Kushayb are accused of war crimes including the killing and rape of civilians among other alleged abuses during the violent conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Sudan isn't a state party listed under the authority of the ICC. However, the country is a U.N. member state and thus obliged to comply with the obligations designated by the Security Council.
In a news release, the ICC called on the Security Council to "take any action it may deem appropriate."
The ICC additionally has a warrant issued for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes.