New Sudan Sanctions Long Overdue But Necessary, Says Menendez

New Sudan Sanctions Long Overdue But Necessary, Says Menendez

Foreign Relations Committee member has long criticized administration for lack of action

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today reacted to President Bush's announcement that the administration will implement new sanctions on the Sudanese regime, while reinforcing existing ones, in an effort to stop the genocide in Darfur. Sen. Menendez, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been a longtime critic of the administration for its previous unwillingness to match words with actions.

"For years the Sudanese regime has been unresponsive to mere tough talk, so a get-tough policy is the only option," said Sen. Menendez. "Plan B should have been implemented long ago, but it's good that the administration is finally strengthening its position. It is important to now keep the pressure on Khartoum.

"We can't just sit on the sidelines while a people bleed to death. Khartoum needs to know there are consequences for its complicity in the genocide, and today's announcement is an overdue but positive step toward what should be a worldwide crackdown."

Earlier this month Sen. Menendez, together with Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), introduced a resolution that would pressure the Chinese government to use its influence with the Sudanese regime to help end the genocide: http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=274435 .

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