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Vol 49 No 9

Published 25th April 2008


Sudan

Oddly normal

Spies and diplomats are secretly negotiating the lifting of all US sanctions on Khartoum

Khartoum’s National Congress (NC, aka National Islamic Front) regime is negotiating a ‘normalisation’ of relations with the United States, according to documents obtained by Africa Confidential. News of the secret negotiations has outraged US Democrats and Sudanese oppositionists. ‘The Sudanese regime has proven to be murderous and oppressive,’ said Senator Robert Menendez from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Khartoum was repeatedly ‘saying one thing and doing another’. Presidential aspirant Barack Obama called it ‘a reckless and cynical initiative’, noting that ‘For years...the Government of Sudan...has offended the standards of our common humanity’. Obama’s foreign policy advisor, former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Susan Rice, has consistently taken a robust line on Khartoum’s violation of international agreements.

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