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Sudan Condemns American Sanctions

The Sudanese government expressed its condemnation of the new sanctions imposed on it by U.S. President George W. Bush, the Sudanese daily A-Rai Al-‘Am reports. 


The American sanctions are "desperate attempts to divert attention from internal and external problems the American administration is facing," Sudan‘s Minister of Justice Muhammad ‘Ali Al-Mar’di told the paper.


Al-Mar’di responded to Bush’s announcement yesterday (Tuesday), according to which the Sudanese government was responsible for "genocide" in Darfur.


"For too long, the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder and rape of innocent civilians," Bush said.


Bush added that in addition to more aggressive enforcement of existing sanctions, the U.S. would also bar 31 Sudanese companies from the American financial system and would make it a crime for American companies and individuals to knowingly do business with them.


The American president also said he directed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to consult with Britain and other allies on a new Security Council resolution to impose the sanctions worldwide.