On Monday, September 15, Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a resolution (S. Res. 660) calling for an expansion of the U.N. arms embargo on Sudan. This legislation is a critical step toward stopping the arms flow fueling the genocide in Darfur.
According to a 2005 U.N. Security Council resolution, the government of Sudan may not transfer any weapons into Darfur without prior approval from the Security Council. Despite Khartoum’s brazen defiance of this requirement, countries like China continue to sell weapons to Sudan.
As the flow of weapons into Darfur continues unabated, it is clear that the current arms embargo is not working. The Senate resolution calls on all states to end arms sales to any armed actor in Sudan and urges the U.S. to seek an expansion of the arms embargo to cover all of Sudan, not just Darfur.
Please call your senators today to ensure their support of this bipartisan bill.