Sudan says absence of intervention threat 'positive point' in US policy
Sudan said a new policy toward Khartoum unveiled by U.S. President Obama had "positive points" and was a strategy of engagement with Sudan not isolation.
Sudan said on Monday a new policy toward Khartoum unveiled by U.S. President Barack Obama had "positive points" and was a strategy of engagement with Sudan not isolation.
Obama called on Monday for a "definitive end" to the conflict in Darfur in west Sudan, as well as simultaneous implementation of a troubled peace deal that ended over two decades of a separate north-south civil war.
Obama also said he would renew sanctions on Sudan this week.
Sudanese presidential adviser Ghazi Salahadin said the absence of threats of military intervention in the strategy was "important" and represented "the new Obama spirit."
"Basically ... this is a strategy of engagement. It is not a strategy of isolation," he told a news conference in Khartoum. "Compared to the previous policies ... there are positive points."
But Sudan was disappointed that the White House was still using the term genocide in connection with Darfur.
"It's unfortunate that the administration insists on using the word genocide but it does not reflect the realities in Darfur," Salahadin said.
Fighting in Darfur flared in 2003 when mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms against Sudan's government, accusing it of neglecting the region. Khartoum has been accused of genoside during the clashes.
The conflict has since descended into a free-for-all involving bandits, rival tribes and rebel splinter factions.
Khartoum denies committing genocide and accuses the western media of exaggerating the conflict. Estimates of the death toll range from up to 300,000, according to U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes, to 10,000 according to Khartoum.
Reuters Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2009, 00:43