Sudan bemoans sanctions and boycotts

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Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The Foreign Minister of Sudan has told the UN General Assembly that his country has suffered politically motivated sanctions and boycotts.

An arrest warrant for the country's President Omar al-Bashir was issued by the International Criminal Court in 2009, but has not yet been acted upon.

Sudan also faces an arms embargo and travel bans on a range of senior officials.

Daniel Dickinson reports

Sudan has had at times a difficult relationship with the international community.

In the western region of Darfur, the UN estimates 300,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes since fighting began in 2003.

President Omar al-Bashir faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide related to the crisis there.

Speaking through an interpreter to the General Assembly on Friday, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour said Sudan had anticipated being treated like other countries emerging from conflict, but that had not happened.

"To its utmost dismay, my country's reward for achieving peace and stability and for all the sacrifices it made was endless pressure, sanctions, boycotts and unilateral and coersive measures, which are politically motivated and lack any legal justification whatsoever."

The UN with the African Union maintains a mission in Darfur called UNAMID.

At the end of September peacekeepers were attacked in North Darfur while escorting a convoy. One South African soldier was killed.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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