The UN Security Council is expected to lift its five-year-old sanctions on Sudan with the agreement of the United States on Friday, September 28, diplomats said.
They said the council president, Jean-David Levitte of France, had scheduled a meeting Friday morning to adopt a brief resolution to remove the sanctions.
Early this month, Levitte told reporters he expected the sanctions to be lifted on September 17, but the council's programme of work was thrown out of kilter by the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
On Wednesday, the United States said it was pleased with the reaction of the Sudanese government to US calls for an international anti-terrorism coalition.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said "since the bombings, we have seen statements from Sudan that are positive and offer sympathy and support."
The Security Council imposed diplomatic sanctions on Sudan on April 26, 1996, in an effort to force it to extradite three people suspected of trying to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak the previous year.
It also ordered member states to restrict the movement of Sudanese military and government officials, and in August 1996 it followed up with a ban on air traffic in and out of Sudan, but this was never put into effect.
The attempt on Mubarak's life was made on June 26, 1995, as he arrived in Addis Ababa for a summit of the Organisation of African Unity. ― (AFP, Washington)
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