Sunday, August 22, 2004

Sudan/Darfur: UNSC members not keen on sanctions

The UN Security Council gave the Sudanese government 30 days to disarm the Janjaweed militias ... and the deadline is fast approaching.
Briefing reporters Friday ahead of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's visit to Sudan, [British foreign office] officials said council members were still debating what action to take if the deadline is missed.

"The natural centre of gravity in the council is not the immediate imposition of heavy duty sanctions on Sudan," said a senior Foreign Office official, who requested anonymity.

Some countries were opposed in principle to sanctions, others feared that vested interests in Sudan would be damaged by economic Embargoes, and others, including Britain, were wary of giving the impression that the "international community is beating up on the government of Sudan," the official added. (source)