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Sudan gov't criticizes U.S. decision to extend economic sanctions

11-02-2011 16:51 BJT

KHARTOUM, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government criticized Wednesday the U.S. decision to renew economic sanctions on Sudan for another year, saying it is a political procedure that harms interests of the Sudanese people, the official SUNA news agency reported.

The sanctions imposed by the U.S. administration against Sudan are a "political and economic coercion and a flagrant violation of the principles of the United Nations Charter and the international laws and agreements," SUNA quoted Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying in a statement.

The renewal of sanctions tends to harm the interests of the Sudanese people and exercises further pressure on the Sudanese government regarding its political stances, particularly the ones related to the U.S. hegemony projects in the region, the ministry added.

It further noted that "the government declares its adherence to independence of the national decision and the Sudanese people's right to live free and independent without being subject to the policy of carrot and stick from any party."

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday ordered the extension of economic sanctions imposed on Sudan since 1997 for another year.

In a letter to the U.S. Congress, Obama noted that the situation in Darfur was posing an unusual threat to the U.S. security and external policy, saying that the extension of sanctions came due to the Sudanese government's acts and policies.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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