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Obama ratchets up US response to Sudan

Obama ratchets up US response to Sudan

President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the violence in Darfur and inaction in the face of its worsening humanitarian crisis are "not acceptable." He pledged to work more closely with the United Nations to bring peace to western Sudan's conflict-wracked region.
Obama's response during a nearly hourlong Oval Office meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon significantly ratcheted up the U.S. response to Sudan President Omar al-Bashir's expulsion of 13 aid groups, which is threatening more than 3 million people with the loss of food aid, health care or suitable drinking water.
Ban told Obama that 2009 is a "make-or-break" year for the organization and its member countries, and that he hopes the United States will work with the international organization to address climate change and the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
Obama said he wanted to send a strong and unified message with the U.N. to bring peace and security to the region.
"It is not acceptable to put that many people's lives at risk," Obama said. "We need to be able to get those humanitarian organizations back on the ground."
Obama had invited Ban to the White House to seek a stronger relationship between the world body and its single biggest backer.
"The United States wants to work as actively as possible with the United Nations to try to resolve the immediate humanitarian crisis and to start putting us on a path toward long-term peace and stability in the Sudan," Obama said. "The United Nations can be an extraordinarily constructive and important partner in bringing about peace and stability and security to people around the world."
The two leaders also spoke about the ongoing war in Afghanistan.


Updated : 2021-04-15 05:07 GMT+08:00