WEA Applauds U.S. Sanctions on Sudan, Urges Multinational Action
The International Director of World Evangelical Alliance, Geoff Tunnicliffe, responded to President Bush’s announcement for sanctions on Sudan on Tuesday to help put an end to the conflict in the country’s Darfur region, where the experts say more than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million displaced since 2003.
“We applaud the U.S. decision to impose unilateral sanctions on Sudan,” said Tunnicliffe. “However, strong words also must be backed up with immediate action.”
The sanctions will ban 31 Sudanese companies owned or controlled by Sudan’s government from using the U.S. banking system. The sanctions also bar three Sudanese individuals from doing business with U.S companies or banks. In addition, Bush has also directed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to draft a U.N. resolution for multinational sanctions on the Sudanese government and individuals violating human rights or hindering the peace process.
It is hoped that with greater U.S. economic pressure, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will finally allow more U.N. peacekeeping troops into Darfur to help the under-funded and overstretched African Union troops to stop the violence.
“The U.S. must also engage its allies and the United Nations to impose sanctions as well. It is my hope that at the G-8 leadership summit in Germany Darfur will be high on the agenda,” said Tunnicliffe, who spoke at the largest U.S. Darfur peace rally in Washington last year.
“The Sudanese government must bring an end to the bloodshed now. The people of Darfur have already waited too long for genocide to be stopped. I am asking Christians around the world to pray and act on behalf of the suffering people of Darfur.”
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