Isn it true that trying to pressure the government of Sudan (GoS) will just make them more difficult to negotiate with and will cause them to further limit humanitarian aid access?

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Isn it true that trying to pressure the government of Sudan (GoS) will just make them more difficult to negotiate with and will cause them to further limit humanitarian aid access?

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If greater pressure is placed on GoS, they may retaliate by hardening their positions or restricting access for humanitarian aid. The U.S. and the international community have measures at hand which can impose a serious cost on GoS, for example by preventing the oil companies they deal with from making transactions in U.S. dollars, by freezing the assets of the shadow companies they use to move money and pay the Janjaweed, by imposing a no-fly-zone so they lose their military trump card in Darfur, and by other measures. GoS knows these sanctions would harm their interests, so they threaten that imposing them will actually make things worse. However it is short-sighted to think that we should therefore not pressure GoS. It is primarily their actions which have and continue to create the conditions that require humanitarian aid and political negotiations. Allowing them to set the agenda by claiming they will make the situation worse only brings us back to where we are now – giving them a

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