KHARTOUM, Sudan - The Sudanese government condemned a new set of US economic
sanctions aimed at pressuring it to halt the bloodshed in Darfur, describing
them Tuesday as "unfair and untimely" and calling on the rest of the world to
President Bush announced the United
States was enforcing sanctions that bar 31 Sudanese companies owned or
controlled by Sudan's government from the US banking system. The sanctions also
prevent three Sudanese individuals from doing business with US companies or
Displaced Darfuris in the town of Gereida in southern Darfur,
May 2006. [AFP]
"We believe this decision is unfair and untimely," Sudan's Foreign Ministry
spokesman, Ali Sadiq, told The Associated Press.
The European Union said it was prepared to consider tougher measures to
push Sudan to finally allow a large UN peacekeeping mission into Darfur. "In
principle, we are open to consider that," Javier Solana told the AP.
Sadiq defending Sudan, saying it accepted a first batch of 3,000 UN
peacekeepers in April to reinforce the overwhelmed African Union force already
deployed in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million
have fled their homes in four years of fighting between Sudanese forces and
"These American measures come at a time when Sudan is actively discussing
peace in Darfur and working on the hybrid force," of UN and African Union
peacekeepers, Sadiq said. "We invite the international community to ignore and
condemn these sanctions."
The US mission to the United Nations has been drafting a resolution for
broader UN sanctions against Sudan that is expected to face resistance in the
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he needs more time to promote
negotiations and persuade the Sudanese government to accept more peacekeepers.
Asked whether the US sanctions would complicate his job of getting Sudan to
agree to a larger UN-African Union peacekeeping force, Ban said: "We will have
The UN agreed last week with the African Union on the final outline of the
hybrid force that would more than triple the number of peacekeepers in Darfur
with a mission of at least 23,000 soldiers and police. The peacekeepers would be
allowed to launch pre-emptive attacks to stop violence.
South Africa's UN ambassador questioned the timing of the US sanctions in the
midst of those negotiations.