02 Jul '11, 1pm

US official: #China has been helpful on #Sudan

WASHINGTON - CHINA has played a helpful role in encouraging Sudan to move forward with reconciliation with the south, a senior US official said on Friday, despite concerns over Beijing's role in Darfur. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir enjoyed a red-carpet welcome this week in China, outraging human rights groups as he is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes in the Darfur region. Mr Princeton Lyman, the US special envoy on Sudan, repeated that the United States opposed foreign travel by Bashir but credited China's message on south Sudan, which is set to become independent on July 9 after decades of bloodshed. 'We have every indication that their message to President Bashir has been, 'Look, you've got to resolve the issues of the CPA',' Mr Lyman said, referring to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement which set the stage for southern independ...

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