President George W. Bush has announced the US will impose fresh sanctions on Sudan, in a bid to pressure the government to end the conflict in the country.
He accused his Sudanese counterpart of obstructing the peace process.
“I call on President Bashir to stop his obstruction, allow the peacekeepers in, and end the campaign of violence that continues to target innocent men, women and children,” President Bush said.
More than 200,000 people have been killed and millions forced to flee their homes because of fighting between government-backed militia and rebels in Darfur over the past four years.
President Bush wants the United Nations to put more pressure on President Omar al-Bashir to stop the conflict.
He is pushing for a Security Council resolution imposing financial sanctions on Khartoum, stepping up an embargo on arms sales to the country and stopping military flights over the area.
He says the US will itself ban another 31
companies, including oil exporters, from doing business in the United States.
Sudan said US sanctions were not justified. And China, which holds a veto in the Security Council and buys oil from Sudan, has said they will just complicate the region’s problems.