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US decides to delay imposing new sanctions

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The United States has decided to hold off for several weeks on imposing new sanctions against Sudan over its handling of Darfur to give the United Nations more time to negotiate with Khartoum, said the US special envoy to Sudan yesterday.

Special envoy Andrew Natsios told lawmakers that UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon had asked the United States at the end of last month to wait for two to four weeks to enable him to negotiate a UN/African Union peacekeepi­ng force for Darfur, which Sudan has so far refused. "As a courtesy to the (UN) Secretary General, we delayed," said Natsios. The United States was poised at the end of last month to impose the stricter sanctions.

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