AU imposes sanctions on opponents of Darfur accord

Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has decided to impose targeted sanctions, including travel ban and assets freeze, against all persons or groups undermining the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) signed in Abuja last May, PANA has learnt.
The decision came at the end of a meeting by the council in Banjul, the Gambia, venue of the 1-2 July 7th AU Summit.
The council requested the chairperson of the AU Commission to establish a list of such persons or groups, and make them available to member states and other relevant members of the international community, including the UN Security Council.
In his report to the Council, the Commission chairperson said the faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which did not sign the agreement, were working to undermine its implementation.
The DPA seeks to end the Darfur crisis, which broke out in 2003 and has left over 200,000 dead and more than 2 million displaced.

01 july 2006 18:48:00

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