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Vol 53 No 16

Published 3rd August 2012


The anti-sanctions race

Negotiations are likely to drag on, despite UN efforts to pressure both Juba and Khartoum and the threat of a return to all-out war

As the 2 August deadline imposed by the United Nations Security Council loomed, Khartoum and Juba vied to be seen as the least obstructive government at their talks in Ethiopia. The Council's Resolution 2046 of 2 May threatens sanctions against those judged as blocking progress. In fact, the UNSC will take its cue from the African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC). There, Egypt will block any sanctions against Khartoum, and Kenya and Uganda will block any sanctions against Juba. Western powers have little appetite for tougher action on Sudan. So the UN is likely to stretch the deadline.

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