U.S. weighs sanctions against Sudan

April 11, 2007 at 8:21 AM

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- A top U.S. State Department official was heading to Sudan as the White House considered imposing sanctions over the killings in the Darfur region.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte was expected to say that the United States will hold Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir accountable for the violence in Darfur, The New York Times reported. Bashir has refused to allow U.N. peacekeeping forces into the Darfur region.

More than 2.5 million people have been displaced and 200,000 people have died in Darfur's ongoing violence.

The White House is considering imposing new sanctions on Sudan, such as travel bans on some officials and restrictions on companies that do business there, the Times reported.

The United States and Britain will work to get the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions against Sudan, as well, the Times said.

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