Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Solana says EU open to new sanctions against Sudan

HAMBURG, Germany: The European Union is "open to consider" new sanctions on Sudan, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Tuesday after U.S. President George W. Bush called for tougher steps to pressure Sudan's government to halt bloodshed in the Darfur region.

"In principle, we are open to consider that," Solana told The Associated Press at the end of two-day EU-Asia foreign ministers talks here.

He said the issue would be discussed with foreign ministers at a Group of Eight diplomatic meeting outside Berlin on Wednesday.

Solana said the 27-nation bloc was also "open to consider" the creation of a humanitarian corridor from neighboring Chad to Sudan's Darfur region, allowing safe-access to aid workers there to help relieve the suffering of the conflict's victims. The idea is being pushed by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Read more >>>>>

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But don't sanctions hurt the people they are supposed to help? And what about the blowback?