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    US Treasury warns investors from circumventing Sudan sanctions By Wasil Ali Thursday 31 May 2007 http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article22143 May 30, 2007
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      US Treasury warns investors from circumventing Sudan sanctions
      By Wasil Ali
      Thursday 31 May 2007

      May 30, 2007 (WASHINGTON) - The US department of Treasury warned today
      that any American citizens attempting to circumvent sanctions on Sudan
      face "civil and potentially criminal penalties".

      Akbar Muhammad

      The US Treasury Spokesperson told Sudan Tribune that investment in
      Sudan by U.S. persons is prohibited "unless exempted or otherwise

      A delegation of US businessmen is currently in Khartoum to explore
      business opportunities in different sectors, Sudanese media reported.
      The visit was organized by the Sudanese investment ministry to a group
      of 23 American investors working in the fields of agriculture,
      manufacturing, dam construction, education and health. Sources told
      Sudan Tribune that the delegation is led by Akbar Muhammad the
      international representative of the US Black Muslim movement, Nation
      of Islam.

      The United States under Clinton's administration imposed economic
      sanctions against Sudan in 1997 because of the country's alleged
      support of international terrorist activities. The order prohibits the
      imports of Sudanese goods or exports of US technology and goods to the
      East African nation. President Bush strengthened the existing
      sanctions against Sudan in October 2006 in accordance with the Darfur
      Peace and Accountability Act of 2006 passed by the congress.

      The US Treasury Spokesperson declined to comment specifically on the
      visit by the Nation of Islam delegation but she noted that US persons
      may "invest in the exempt areas of Sudan, provided that the investment
      does not involve Sudan's petroleum or petrochemical industries or any
      property or interests in property of the Government of Sudan". However
      she stressed that "non-exempt areas of Sudan continue to be subject to
      comprehensive sanctions".

      U.S. President George W. Bush imposed new unilateral sanctions on
      Sudan on Tuesday and sought support for an international arms embargo
      out of frustration at Sudan's refusal to end what he called genocide
      in war-ravaged Darfur. Bush announced new sanctions that would bar 31
      companies controlled by Sudan from doing business in the U.S.
      financial system.


      Sudan's Beshir warns against "Iraqification" of Darfur
      Monday 2 July 2007

      July 1, 2007 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir on Sunday
      warned against an "Iraqification" of the crisis in Darfur saying he
      would rather export no oil at all than be forced to accept a
      humanitarian oil-for-food programme.

      Omer al-Bashir

      "We will never accept an oil-for-food programme, even if we have to
      keep our oil deep in the bowels of the earth," he told journalists,
      accusing the West of hyping the Darfur crisis precisely because of its
      interest in Sudan's oil.

      Human Rights Watch has called on the UN Security Council to create a
      mechanism in Sudan similar to the Iraqi oil-for-food programme set up
      in 1995 that was aimed at assisting humanitarian needs without
      allowing Iraq to rebuild its military.

      Beshir said that the US - which says genocide is taking place in
      Darfur - wanted to repeat the mistakes it made in Iraq in Sudan and
      that current US sanctions against Khartoum would not ease the
      suffering in the war-ravaged western region.

      "The US wants to make mistakes in Sudan in exactly the same way it did
      in Iraq. They want to commit the same mistakes," said Beshir, who
      regularly accuses the West of seeking to topple his regime.

      The US said in June that the threat of more sanctions against Sudan
      would only be lifted when Khartoum makes good on its pledge to allow
      United Nations peacekeepers into Darfur.

      But Beshir suggested such threats were counterproductive, asking:
      "Will these sanctions help Darfur's displaced leave the camps and find
      the means to subsist?"

      While Beshir has accepted the deployment of a hybrid UN-led
      peacekeeping force in Darfur, although this has yet to happen, he
      vowed resistance to any further bid to strengthen the force.

      "We will fight against any attempt to impose international or Western
      forces ... if the West intervenes, we will have the right to
      resistance," he insisted.

      According to UN estimates, at least 200,000 people have died from the
      combined effect of war and famine since the conflict started in Darfur
      in February 2003.

      Other sources give a much higher toll, but Khartoum disputes the
      figures, with Beshir insisting that "most of Darfur's region is safe."

      "The situation on the ground in Darfur is improving. Now IDPs
      (internally displaced persons) are voluntarily returning to their
      villages," he said.

      An under-funded and poorly-equipped African Union force of 7,000
      troops in a region roughly the size of France has found itself
      increasingly overwhelmed and will be beefed up by UN forces.

      African countries are expected to contribute more troops to the new
      force, which is expected to consist of up to 20,000 troops.

      The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when ethnic minority rebels rose up
      against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which then enlisted
      the Janjaweed militia to help crush the rebellion.



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