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WASHINGTON--President Bush on Tuesday called for tighter economic sanctions on the Sudanese government in the wake of their refusal to take steps to stop the genocide in the Darfur region. More than 30 companies owned or controlled by the Sudan government now will be barred from doing business with the U.S.--either corporations or individuals.

Bush is also seeking an expanded embargo on weapons sales and limiting the ability of the Sudan military to fly over Darfur. This is the latest in a series of Bush administration moves to try to end the conflict.

"And I promise this to the people of Darfur: The United States will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the world," Bush said.


click below for fact sheet and transcript. plus statement from the "Save Darfur" coalition.....

from the White House...

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release May 29, 2007

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

ON DARFUR

Diplomatic Reception Room

8:01 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. 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. My administration has called these actions by their rightful name: genocide. The world has a responsibility to help put an end to it.

Last month I announced that the United States was prepared to take new steps if the government of Sudan did not allow the full deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force; if the government did not begin living up to its many commitments, that the United States would act. I made clear that the time for promises was over, and that President Bashir had to do something to end the suffering.

I held off implementing these steps because the United Nations believed that President Bashir could meet his obligations to stop the killing, and would meet his obligations to stop the killing. Unfortunately, he hasn't met those obligations. President Bashir's actions over the past few weeks follow a long pattern of promising cooperation while finding new methods for obstruction.

One day after I spoke, the military bombed a meeting of rebel commanders designed to discuss a possible peace deal with the government. In following weeks, he used his army and government-sponsored militias to attack rebels and civilians in South Darfur. He's taken no steps to disarm these militias in the year since the Darfur peace agreement was signed. Senior officials continue to oppose the deployment of the U.N. peacekeeping force.

The result is that the dire security situation on the ground in Darfur has not changed. And so today, at my instruction, the United States has taken the steps I announced in April. First, the Department of Treasury is tightening U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan. With this new effort, the United States will more aggressively enforce existing sanctions against Sudan's government.

As part of this effort, the Treasury Department will add 30 companies owned or controlled by the government of Sudan to its list of Specially Designated Nationals. We're also adding an additional company to the list, a company that has been transporting weapons to the Sudanese government and militia forces in Darfur. All these companies are now barred from the U.S. financial system. It is a crime for American companies and individuals to knowingly do business with them.

Second, we're targeting sanctions against individuals responsible for violence. These sanctions will isolate these persons by cutting them off from the U.S. financial system, barring them from doing business with any American citizen or company, and calling the world's attention to their crimes.

Third, I'm directing the Secretary of State to consult with the United Kingdom and other allies on a new United Nations Security Council resolution. This resolution will apply new sanctions against the government of Sudan, against individuals found to be violating human rights or obstructing the peace process. It will impose an expanded embargo on arms sales to the government of Sudan. It will prohibit the Sudanese government from conducting any offensive military flights over Darfur. It will strengthen our ability to monitor and report any violations.

At the same time, we will continue to push for U.N. support, including funding for the African Union peacekeepers who remain the only force in Darfur that is protecting the people. We will continue to work for the deployment of a larger hybrid force of AU and U.N. peacekeeping troops. We will continue to support the diplomacy of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. We will continue to insist on the full implementation of the Darfur peace agreement. We will continue to promote a broadly supported and inclusive political settlement that is the only long-term solution to the crisis in Darfur.

America's commitment is clear. Since this conflict began we have provided more than $1.7 billion in humanitarian and peacekeeping assistance for Darfur. We are the world's largest single donor to the people of Darfur. We're working for the day when the families of this troubled region are allowed to return safely to their homes and rebuild their lives in peace.

The people of Darfur are crying out for help, and they deserve it. I urge the United Nations Security Council, the African Union, and all members of the international community to reject any efforts to obstruct implementation of the agreements that would bring peace to Darfur and Sudan.

I call on President Bashir to stop his obstruction, and to allow the peacekeepers in, and to end the campaign of violence that continues to target innocent men, women and children. And I promise this to the people of Darfur: The United States will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the world.

Thank you very much.

END 8:07 A.M. EDT
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Fighting Genocide In Darfur

President Bush Announces Increased Sanctions Against The Government Of Sudan

Today, President Bush Announced The Expansion And Tightening Of Economic Sanctions Against The Government Of Sudan. The United States is now taking the steps the President outlined last month because the government of Sudan continues to violate its numerous commitments to stop the violence and suffering in Darfur.

Ø President Bush Announced These Steps Last Month In A Speech At The U.S. Holocaust Museum. The U.S. held off on implementing them because the United Nations believed President Bashir should be given a “last chance” to meet his obligations to stop the killing. It is now clear that he has continued to break his word.

Ø The World Has A Responsibility To Help Put An End To The Genocide In Darfur. The people of Darfur have suffered for too long at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder, and rape of innocent civilians. The Bush administration has called these actions by their rightful name: genocide.

President Bashir Has Not Fulfilled His Obligations To Stop The Violence in Darfur

President Bashir Has Not Met His Obligations, And The Dire Security Situation On The Ground In Darfur Has Not Changed. President Bashir’s actions over the past few weeks follow a long pattern of promising cooperation while finding new methods of obstruction.

· One day after President Bush spoke about this matter last month, President Bashir’s military bombed a meeting of rebel commanders designed to discuss a possible peace deal with the government.

· In the following weeks, he used his Army and government-sponsored militias to attack rebels and civilians in south Darfur.

· He has taken no steps to disarm these militias in the year since the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed.

· His senior officials have continued to oppose deployment of the UN Peacekeeping Force.

Today, The U.S. Is Taking The Steps President Bush Announced In April

The Department Of Treasury Is Tightening U.S. Economic Sanctions On Sudan.

· With this new effort, the United States will more aggressively enforce existing sanctions against Sudan's Government.

· The Treasury Department will add 30 companies owned or controlled by the Government of Sudan to its list of Specially Designated Nationals.

· The U.S. is also targeting an additional company that has been transporting weapons to the Sudanese government and militia forces in Darfur.

· All these companies are barred from the U.S. financial system, and it is a crime for American companies and individuals to knowingly do business with them.

The U.S. Is Targeting Sanctions Against Individuals Responsible For Violence.

· These sanctions will isolate these persons by cutting them off from the U.S. financial system, barring them from doing business with any American citizen or company, and calling the world’s attention to their crimes.

The President Is Directing The Secretary Of State To Consult With The United Kingdom And Other Allies On A New United Nations Security Council Resolution.

· This resolution will apply new sanctions against the Government of Sudan and against individuals found to be violating human rights or obstructing the peace process.

· It will impose an expanded embargo on arms sales to the Government of Sudan.

· It will prohibit Sudan’s Government from conducting any offensive military flights over Darfur.

· It will strengthen the international community’s ability to monitor and report any violations.

Today’s Action Builds On Previous U.S. Efforts To Achieve Peace In Darfur

America’s Commitment Is Clear, And We Are Working For The Day When The Families Of This Troubled Region Are Able To Return Safely To Their Homes And Rebuild Their Lives In Peace.

· Since this conflict began, we have provided more than $1.7 billion in humanitarian and peacekeeping assistance for Darfur.

· The U.S. is the world’s largest single donor to the people of Darfur.

The U.S. Will Continue To Push For UN Support For African Union Peacekeepers And Quick Transition To A UN-African Union Force.

· African Union peacekeepers remain the only force in Darfur that is protecting the people.

· The U.S. will continue to work for the deployment of a larger, hybrid force of African Union and UN peacekeeping troops.

· We will continue to support the diplomacy of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

· The U.S. will also continue to insist on the full implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement.

· The U.S. will continue to promote a broadly supported and inclusive political settlement that is the only long-term solution for the crisis in Darfur.

The United States Will Not Avert Our Eyes From A Crisis That Challenges The Conscience Of The World

· The people of Darfur are crying out for our help – and they deserve it.

· The United Nations Security Council, the African Union, and all members of the international community must reject efforts to obstruct implementation of the agreements that would bring peace to Darfur and Sudan.

· President Bashir should stop his obstruction, allow the peacekeepers in, and end the campaign of violence that continues to target innocent men, women, and children.

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Save Darfur Coalition responds to President Bush’s sanctions announcement

WASHINGTON – David Rubenstein, executive director of the Save Darfur Coalition, today released a statement responding to President Bush’s Sudan sanctions announcement. The coalition has long advocated a more stringent set of measures to pressure the Sudanese government into changing their policies and to allow the deployment of peacekeepers to protect Darfuri civilians.

“The Save Darfur Coalition welcomes President Bush’s decision to finally impose stronger targeted sanctions on the al-Bashir regime in Sudan, while recognizing that these measures are too late and too little. However, because the international community and the Bush administration have been barking at the Sudanese regime for so long, it is reassuring to see that at least the U.S. has finally started to bite.

“If the measures announced today are to make any real difference for the people of Darfur, the president must rapidly ensure their disciplined and prioritized enforcement. The Treasury Department must assign sufficient resources to track and stop all sanctioned transactions, and elements of the U.S. government must play an active intelligence and enforcement role. The Bush administration must also work urgently with international partners to ensure a comprehensive and mandatory targeted sanctions regime by the U.N. Security Council – to bring the full weight of international pressure to bear on the al-Bashir regime to end the genocide and permit the prompt entry of U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians. Finally, the administration should take the lead in building a coherent and sustained international coalition to end the genocide.

“President Bush must not give further months to determine whether these outlined measures work – the Darfuri people don’t have that much time. The president must set a short and firm deadline for fundamental changes in Sudanese behavior, and prepare now to implement immediately further measures should Khartoum continue to stonewall. Further action should include the full range of sanctions authorized in the 2006 Darfur Peace and Accountability Act – including the banning of entry of ships into U.S. ports that have carried Sudanese oil, immediate steps to implement a no-fly zone, and developing contingency plans for any potential security collapse. Such further measures should also include extending proposed UN sanctions beyond the three currently targeted individuals to encompass all those in the Sudanese regime responsible for this genocide, from President al-Bashir on down.”

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About the Coalition: The Save Darfur Coalition's mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of two million people in the Darfur region. An alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations, the coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur.


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Why cant we be an example , I love my country but its always been ran by hipacretes, the founding fathers wanted freedom even tho they owned slaves and slautered Indians. the civil war was because the wealth was in the south and they wanted to succede , but the lie in history books is it was to free the slaves the reality is slavery didnt end after the war. The Vietnam conflic was to help free people even tho Americans fought in that war and came home and could not find work and had to set in the back of the bus.
every war this country has been in excep ww1 and ww2 have been about wealth and keeping rich people in control.

In a rather extreme maneuver, President Bush has imposed economic sanctions on Sudan.

Effective immediately, pictures of Sudan President Bashir will be noticeable posted in all Walmart Stores. To emphasize the seriousness of these sanctions, President Bush has directed that each picture be circled with a prominent "X" across President Bashir's face.

That'll show 'em!

This moral ragamuffin in the capacity of the president of US is better at all these atrocities in another’s land, Iraq, than the Sudanese perverts in their own land. Whom does he seek to convince in this world darkened by his satanic deeds?

First the liberals scream "Get out of Iraq!!! It's a civil war!!" and then in the next breath scream "Get into Darfur and stop that civil war!!!" HUH?! Walk out of one buzzsaw and into another? Am I missing something?!

bgdaddy- you claim to have read history books, but you for sure don't sound like you have cracked one in ages

all others- what is the difference between pre-war Iraq and Darfur?? ethnic genocide, warfare, uprooted homelands...??
Nobody said a peep about pre-war Iraq, but sure, all feel good liberals want to go into Darfur because its the chic, trendy thing to do. Lets wait and see what the next hot topic will be, what will Bono, Sarandon, Gore, or any other cool people get on a bandwagon about?? Ooohh, Im so excited I can't wait to join them!

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