Arab League: Sudan resolution hasty

The Arab League rejected a UN Security Council resolution "envisaging" possible sanctions against Sudan over the conflict in Darfur, saying it would not help bring peace to the region.

    The Arab League says all parties should be given more time

    League spokesman Husam Zaki told reporters on Sunday, "imposing sanctions will not help resolve the crisis or encourage the parties to try and end it. In fact, it will have the opposite effect".


    The resolution adopted on Saturday warns that the 15-member Security Council "will envisage" sanctions against Sudan's oil industry unless Khartoum makes good on its promise to protect the population of Darfur.

    But Zaki said the League considered it "important that the international community give the parties enough time to implement their obligations and work to get the sides to resolve the crisis instead of a confrontation."

    Sudan has, however, vowed to implement the UN Security Council Resolution in an emergency parliamentary session held on Sunday, even though the resolution was deemed "unfair".

    Uthman Muhammad Yusuf, Governor of Darfur told Aljazeera the US label of "genocide in Darfur is a big and historical lie. We defy those accusing us and call them to come to Darfur and prove it on the ground".

    'One family'

    The governor said, "there is no ethnic cleansing or genocide here. We are one family in Darfur and from one origin. We are united in one home, Dar-meaning home and Fur being the name of the oldest inhabitants of the region".

    "The US and the rebels are lying about this divide. They are trying to create this division where it does not exist", he added.

    Governor says Darfurians are all
    one family having the same roots

    Yusuf responded to a question regarding the disarming of the Janjawid, saying "what we have achieved was extraordinary taking into consideration the difficult conditions and external pressure placed on our shoulders".


    "What we have achieved with regard to averting a humanitarian crisis in such a short period silenced those seeking reasons to condemn Sudan. They knew that there was nothing they could use against us, but chose to use the lies of alleged attacks by Janjawid. While the Janjawid are being disarmed," he said.



    Yusuf said "the unjustifiable pressures complicated the situation in Darfur and greatly contributed to increase the stubbornness of the rebels who are guilty of numerous violations like thwarting the deployment of police to secure the area for the return of refugees to their villages".


    "The UN, USA, Britain and Germany have complicated the situation in Darfur and hindered our efforts there", he said.


    Sudan vowed to implement the
    'unfair' UN resolution on Sunday

    When asked about negotiations with rebel movements, Yusuf said, "I think that talks with our brothers (the rebels) in Europe who lead luxurious lives in the grand hotels could only have little impact."

    "Residents of Darfur are the only ones who can solve the real issues and we cannot allow a group that does not even represent 4% of Darfur's population to hold us ransom," he added.


    The governor has concluded Aljazeera interview by saying the rebels are seeking control of the resource rich area, refusing to be disarmed and are trying to blow the situation out of proportion with the help of the US and the EU.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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