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Press Statement
Tom Casey, Acting Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 3, 2005


Situation in Sudan

The United States is deeply concerned over reports of violence in Khartoum. We echo the calls of the Government of National Unity, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and Mrs. Rebecca Garang that the Sudanese refrain from violence.

We urge the Government of National Unity to take urgent steps to stop the violence, promote reconciliation, and maintain momentum on implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. President Bashir recognized the gravity of the situation when he called an emergency cabinet meeting today, and invited the senior Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s officer in Khartoum to participate. It is our understanding that the Government has deployed additional security forces in Khartoum and other areas to stop the violence. The United States joins the rest of the international community in calling for the Government to urgently take the additional steps that may be necessary and to send a clear message to all the people of Sudan regarding its determination to stop the violence and the steps being taken.

The United States remains firmly committed to the cause of peace in all of Sudan, including implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and resolution of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

We strongly urge all parties to work diligently toward Dr. Garang’s vision of a unified, prosperous, and peaceful Sudan.
2005/756

Released on August 3, 2005

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