Statement by the President: Bombing of Civilians in Southern Sudan (10/25/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                          October 25,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am deeply concerned by reports that the Government of Sudan is
bombing innocent civilians in the southern part of the country.  Last week,
government aircraft dropped munitions on a village while an international
relief agency was distributing food.  International relief workers report
that the Government of Sudan has bombed civilian and humanitarian locations
more than 60 times during the past year.

     Such egregious abuses have become commonplace in Sudan?s ongoing civil
war, which has already claimed over two million lives.  If the Government
of Sudan seeks to demonstrate to the international community that it is
prepared to act according to international norms and the rule of law, it
must allow full and immediate access for humanitarian organizations seeking
to provide relief to Sudan?s war-ravaged civilians.


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