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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 21, 2002


Aerial Attacks on Feeding Site in Sudan

The pattern of senseless and brutal attacks by the Government of Sudan against innocent civilians continues.

On February 20, a government helicopter attacked a World Food Program feeding operation in the village of Bieh, in Upper Nile province. The helicopter fired 6-8 rockets, killing seventeen people and wounding many others.

These attacks raise serious questions about the Sudanese Government’s commitment to peace and the lives of its people.

We have demanded from the Sudanese Government a full and complete explanation of what happened. In addition, we have asked for an explanation of how one part of the government can negotiate with the United States an agreement to end attacks against civilians while another part of the government is deliberately targeting civilians.

Until we receive a full and complete response from the Government of Sudan, the United States is suspending all discussions with Khartoum about the peace process.


Released on February 21, 2002

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