"It's not clear to us what are the sanctions supposed to achieve, what's
really the aim?" said Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, whose country is a large
contributor to the current 7,000-strong African Union force in Darfur.
Arab League chief Amr Moussa also criticized Bush's announcement, saying
"this is not time for sanctions but time for intensifying efforts to reach
However, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir recently repeated his opposition
to direct UN involvement in Darfur peacekeeping, saying the world body should
only operate in support of the African Union.
World powers are growing increasingly frustrated with Sudan's dallying on the
fine print of a UN deployment.
Sadiq, the Sudanese spokesman, warned that sanctions would "give the wrong
signal" to rebel groups fighting in Darfur.
One of the individuals targeted for sanctions is Khalil Ibrahim, the head of
the Justice and Equality Movement rebel group that opposes a peace deal signed
last year by one rebel faction and the Sudanese government.
The group voiced outrage that Ibrahim was targeted after repeatedly meeting
with US officials to find a way out of the conflict.
The US Embassy in Khartoum said the rebel chief was listed because his troops
contribute to the ongoing violence. "Meetings notwithstanding ... the US
government regards them as obstructing the peace process," said embassy
spokesman Joel Maybury.
The two targeted government officials are Awad Ibn Auf, Sudan's head of
military intelligence and security, and Ahmed Harun, the minister for
humanitarian affairs, the US Treasury Department said.