Sudan has accepted another five-month delay for a UN Security Council re-examination of sanctions that have been in force against the country since 1996, a newspaper reported Saturday.
The Sudanese foreign ministry has notified the United States, the chief backer of the sanctions, that it has agreed to discuss the sanctions April 17, the independent daily al-Sahafi al-Dawli said.
The Security Council was due to discuss the sanctions June 28, but Washington and Khartoum agreed to push back the debate until November 15. Mali has sponsored a resolution for an immediate end to the sanctions.
The latest delay is meant to give the United States and Sudan more time to discuss a possible resumption of relations, the newspaper said.
The United States broke off relations with Sudan in February 1996 and the Security Council imposed sanctions two months later in response to Sudan's refusal to turn over suspects in a failed assassination attempt on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a 1995 trip to Ethiopia.
The sanctions restricted movement of Sudanese officials abroad, cut the numbers of diplomatic missions with Sudan and banned regional and international conferences in Sudan.
Khartoum, however, hosted a regional conference on African refugees about two years ago and is planning to host a summit conference of the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development in the coming week -- KHARTOUM (AFP)
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