US Special Envoy Recommends Force

US special envoy to Sudan Richard Williamson reportedly recommended US president George Bush coerce the Sudanese government into ending the Darfur conflict.

Williamson’s recommended actions included military force against the Sudanese army, an embargo against oil sales, and temporary blockage of telephone, cell phone, and internet communications in Khartoum.

Providing missiles to South Sudan to protect against retaliation by Khartoum was also on Williamson’s list.

According to reports, Williamson’s action plan was blocked by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and US National Security advisor Stephen Hadley.

Sudan Shares Rice’s Regrets

In November, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed “real regrets” about the way her country handled the Darfur atrocities.

This week, Sudan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ali Al-Sadig “taunted” Rice and her recent statements:

Our regret goes for the inability of a major country to assist the African Union and the United Nations to deploy troops in Darfur…Condoleezza Rice and the administration were capable of doing a lot to settle the Darfur problem but unfortunately they did not do it.

Condoleezza has “Real Regrets” about Darfur

US Secretary of State Rice

In an interview with the NY Times this week, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed “real regrets” about the way her country and the world has handled the Darfur atrocities.

The US officially deemed the crisis in Darfur a “genocide” in 2004. However, no immediate further action was taken. Whether the country really believed a simple label would end the violence or whether taking the next step was not determined to be in its best interest has been widely debated.

Rice referred to the failure by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to do more as an “enormous embarrassment” and that the proclaimed “responsibility to protect” was “nothing but words”.