News / Africa

    US Extends Sudan Sanctions

    Sudanese policemen guard a warehouse where referendum materials were handed over to Southern Sudanese authorities, 30 Oct 2010 in Khartoum
    Sudanese policemen guard a warehouse where referendum materials were handed over to Southern Sudanese authorities, 30 Oct 2010 in Khartoum

    The Obama administration on Monday announced that wide-ranging U.S. economic sanctions against Sudan will be extended another year.  The action came as U.S. diplomats pressed for a breakthrough on stalled plans for a referendum on southern Sudanese independence in January.  

    U.S. Sudan envoy Scott Gration notified the Khartoum government of the sanctions decision in the Sudanese capital.

    But officials here stressed that the economic penalties would be reviewed, if the Khartoum government takes a cooperative approach on the January referendum and its aftermath.

    The north-south Sudanese peace process, as prescribed in the country's 2005 Comprehensive Peace Accord, or CPA, is to culminate with January 9 voting on whether the south is to become independent.

    A companion vote is to be held on whether the oil-rich central region of Abiyeh will be part of an independent south.

    U.S. envoy Gration and retired senior State Department official Princeton Lyman have been engaged with others, including former South African President Thabo Mbeki, in intensive efforts to clear away remaining obstacles to the voting.

    State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters here that he could point to no progress in the latest U.S. diplomacy on the issue.  But he said Obama administration officials still believe the Abiyeh and southern regional voting can be held on schedule.

    "We continue to believe that a successful referendum on Abiyeh can be accomplished in early January on schedule," said Crowley. "But clearly the parties need to come  together, make some  decisions, and then take the appropriate actions to prepare not only for that referendum, but also for the one regarding south Sudan."

    Problem issues include voter eligibility in Abiyeh, defining the borders of that region, and the division of oil revenue if it becomes part of an independent south.

    Spokesman Crowley said Gration, who met Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha among others in Khartoum, would continue his current mission on Tuesday in the southern Sudanese regional capital, Juba.

    Officials say he will go to Addis Ababa this week for a meeting on Sudan with diplomats of the East African regional grouping, IGAD.

    A senior official who spoke to reporters here said the extension of the U.S. sanctions was a pro forma action and came as no surprise to Sudanese officials.

    He said that if the Khartoum government fully implements the CPA and plays a constructive role in the run-up to the January vote and afterward, the administration "will re-evaluate the sanctions."

    U.S. sanctions were imposed in 1997 for what was seen as Sudan's support for regional terrorism.  They were tightened by the Bush administration in 2006 because of the Khartoum government's complicity in violence in Darfur.

    You May Like

    New EU Asylum Rules Could Boost Rightists

    New regulations will seek to correct EU failures in dealing with migrant crisis, most notably inability to get member states to absorb a total of 160,000 refugees

    More Political Turmoil Likely in Iraq as Iran Waits in the Wings

    Analysts warn that Tehran, even though it may not be engineering the Sadrist protests in Baghdad, is seeking to leverage its influence on its neighbor

    Goodbye Ketchup, Hello Sriracha!

    How immigrants are triggering a great transformation in American cuisine

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Rulingi
    X
    May 03, 2016 5:16 PM
    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.
    Video

    Video Ethiopia’s Drought Takes Toll on Children

    Ethiopia is dealing with its worst drought in decades, thanks to El Nino weather patterns. An estimated 10 million people urgently need food aid. Six million of them are children, whose development may be compromised without sufficient help, Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from the Metahara district.
    Video

    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.
    Video

    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.
    Video

    Video Kurdish Football Team Helps War-Torn City Cope

    With the conflict still raging across much of Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, between the rebel PKK and the Turkish state, many Kurds are trying to escape the turmoil by focusing on the success of their football team Amedspor in Diyarbakir. The club is increasingly becoming a symbol for Kurds, not only in Diyarbakir but beyond. Dorian Jones reports from southeast Turkey.
    Video

    Video ‘The Lights of Africa’ - Through the Eyes of 54 Artists

    An exhibition bringing together the work of 54 African artists, one from each country, is touring the continent after debuting at COP21 in Paris. Called "Lumières d'Afrique," the show centers on access to electricity and, more figuratively, ideas that enlighten. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, the exhibition's first stop.
    Video

    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
    Video

    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
    Video

    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora