By Nizar Manek, 22 May 2017
- Insurgents urging U.S. to set further conditions, delay review
- Measures put in place in 1997 were partially lifted in January
A rebel group that’s waged a six-year war against Sudan’s government will ask the U.S. to postpone a sanctions review on the African country beyond a July deadline as it accuses President Umar al-Bashir’s forces of breaching a cease-fire and blocking aid to civilians.
The Obama administration in January ordered the reversal of some of the economic sanctions the U.S. imposed on Sudan in 1997, four years after it was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism. The leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, which has fought in the country’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile provinces since 2011, said the U.S. should link lifting sanctions with democratization and allowing full humanitarian access.