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26 January 2006

Barrett calls for Sudan sanctions over Darfur violence

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West and member of the International Development Select Committee, today called for the introduction of sanctions for Sudan until there is an end to the violence in Darfur.

The International Development Select Committee, today released a report entitled, Darfur: The Killing Continues, proposing that the UK should apply credible sanctions until the Government of Sudan (GoS) has fulfilled its repeated promises to end the violence.

The new report calls on greater resources to be given to the UN supported African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in order that they can secure peace in the region. The AU mandate expires in March so action is urgently required to secure the security of people in the region.

The report goes on to argue that the apparent lessening of attacks on homes and aerial bombardments should not be regarded as a positive step as this only reflects the fact that ethic cleansing has succeeded in driving people from their homes. Currently 1.8 million people are living in refugee camps which the overstretched AU mission cannot protect and these are subject to continued raids and violence.

Speaking prior to the launch of the report John Barrett said:

“Words and commitments from the Government of Sudan on ending violence in Darfur are not enough. They have continually failed to reign in the militias responsible for the ethnic cleansing in Darfur and who continue to attack civilians.

“It is now time for the UK Government to propose in the UN Security Council, sanctions which are credible and which will force the Government of Sudan at long last to fulfil its commitments.

“Everyone would agree that it is preferable that there be an “African solution to an African problem”. However, the overriding priority at this point must be to end the bloodshed. With the AU mandate and funding running out in March, immediate action is needed.

“For too long, the African Union force has been grossly under-resourced and has been given far too limited a mandate. The time has come to provide a vast increase in the number of troops on the ground and to give them a mandate to enforce the peace. Only with such decisive action can there be an end to the conflict and the hope of a secure future for the long suffering people of Darfur.”

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