US Treasury warns investors on Sudan sanctions
- 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".
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
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
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.
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.
"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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