August 4, 2009 |
After years of worldwide outrage over suffering in Darfur, the Obama administration will soon launch a new policy that could soften some longtime U.S. sanctions against the Sudanese government implicated in the large-scale killings and displacement of African tribespeople. White House officials say that specific conditions would have to be met before sanctions would be lifted, and that Sudan could face even tougher sanctions if its leaders act in bad faith.
April 22, 1997 |
Sudan's Islamic government signed a treaty with four splinter rebel groups in the south, raising hopes that the government and its main armed rival might soon begin talks. At the Khartoum ceremony, Vice President Zubayr Muhammad Salih and four rebel leaders initialed the pact, under which southerners will be permitted to hold a referendum in four years to decide whether to remain part of Sudan. The main rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, is still at war with the government.
December 2, 1988
Sudan's coalition government has endorsed an agreement with southern rebels to end a five-year-old civil war that has killed tens of thousands and created a million refugees, state radio said. Prime Minister Sadek Mahdi, at a news conference preceding Radio Omdurman's report, did not mention government acceptance of the accord.
November 5, 1997 |
The Clinton administration announced Tuesday that it is imposing a near-total embargo on trade with and investment in Sudan for what the State Department says is the radical Islamic government's support of terrorism, persecution of minority religions and tolerance of the slave trade. Under the sweeping new sanctions, announced by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, all export-import transactions are prohibited, and U.S.
October 26, 1990 |
Starvation of "apocalyptic" proportions is endangering as many as 11 million Sudanese, but their government is blocking international food deliveries, U.S. relief officials said Thursday. Administration officials, testifying before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, said Sudan's military government has derailed a U.S.-led rescue effort under U.N. auspices that would have saved many Sudanese from hunger.
February 7, 1997 |
The Sudan Airways planes parked in neat rows at Khartoum's sand-swept, palm-fringed airport represent the most practical way to get around this vast, undeveloped country. But a U.N. Security Council vote coming up soon could leave these aircraft grounded for a long time. With the support of the United States, the council is expected to decide in the next few weeks to finally implement a resolution passed in August banning foreign air travel by Sudanese aircraft.