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Security Council Tightens Sudan Embargo

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday strengthened an arms embargo on Sudan’s Darfur region to include the government and ordered an asset freeze and travel ban on those who defy peace efforts in the conflict-wracked area. The U.S.-backed resolution passed 12-0, with Algeria, Russia and China abstaining because of opposition to sanctions. The resolution widens an embargo on armed groups in Darfur to include the Sudanese government which will now need approval from a new Security Council committee to bring weapons into the vast western region. It also demands the government abide by an April 2004 ceasefire and stop carrying out offensive military overflights in Darfur. It would impose an asset freeze and a travel ban on those who violate the sanctions or are responsible for the overflights. Full Story

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