Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Nobel winners urge EU to impose sanctions on Sudan

- Two Nobel peace prize winners urged the European Union Tuesday to impose sanctions on Sudan for blocking UN moves to send a peacekeeping force to the strife-torn province of Darfur.

"The EU should be very active in trying to isolate Sudan economically, politically," said Jody Williams of the International Campaign To Ban Landmines, which won the prize in 1997.

Speaking to members of the European Parliament, she urged the EU to act without waiting for a decision by the United Nations Security Council on tougher sanctions.

"I don't think the EU should wait for an illusive consensus in the Security Council," she said. "Take your own steps, don't wait for the rest of the world."

China, Sudan's leading oil customer and a top arms supplier, has been accused of failing to use its clout as a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council to force Khartoum to end the bloodletting in Darfur. Read more >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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