(Washington, D.C.) In remarks today at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Government of Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti called on the United States to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List (SSTL) and remove “unjust sanctions” against the country. In particular, Karti asserted that normalization of relations between Sudan and the United
States should “not be held hostage by the situation in Darfur.” Amir Osman, Senior Director for Policy and Government Relations issued the following statement in response:
“2.7 million displaced Darfuris are still living in camps where they struggle to receive adequate food, water and medical care. The Government of Sudan consistently impedes the work of peacekeepers and humanitarian workers in Darfur and continues to commit human rights
violations. Violence is increasing in Darfur, where more than 40,000 civilians were driven from their homes in December. In 2010 more than 2,300 people were violently killed and over 300,000 civilians were displaced, according to UN reports.
“Khartoum’s actions in Darfur demand aggressive diplomatic pressure from United States government, not a move toward relaxation of sanctions. Normalized relations with Sudan should not be considered until the Government of Sudan has stopped its policy of targeting civilians in Darfur. The government should also support and successfully implement a ceasefire agreement in combination with a comprehensive political solution to the Darfur crisis. This includes ending its problematic push to domesticate the peace process which would limit the participation of civil society and rebel groups. The Government of Sudan must also ensure unimpeded access for peacekeepers and humanitarian workers before the United States removes sanctions.
“It would also be unconscionable to remove Sudan from the State Sponsor of Terrorism List until President Obama can confirm that the Government of Sudan is not continuing support to the Lord’s Resistance Army, a listed terrorist group that Sudan has supported in the past.”
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