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Merkel demands tough sanctions on Sudan

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Europe must be prepared to impose tougher sanctions on Sudan, over its actions in the province of Darfur. That is the message contained in the latest speech explaining the Berlin Declaration. Speaking in Brussels, EU President, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU must be ready to act unilaterally, if the United Nations is unable to reach a firm resolution.

She said: “I also think that the European Union must ask itself what it can do if it is achieving nothing through the Security Council. Shouldn’t the EU impose sanctions because it must not just sit back and do nothing, and it indeed we must not do nothing. But we must not be content with fine words, we have a duty to act.”

This weekend while Angela Merkel and the EU celebrated 50 years of European Unity, there were criticisms from performing artists like Bob Geldof that there should be less celebration and more action in war torn areas like Darfur. Darfur has been the scene of massacres and continual violence since February 2003.