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Congressman Tancredo Calls For Action To Stop Darfur Genocide - 2004-09-06

The government of Sudan is accusing the United States of using the violence in Darfur to win votes in the November election. Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail said over the weekend that Washington?s recent hard-line comments are aimed at African-American voters.

Meanwhile, a US congressman has criticized African governments for their reluctance to condemn the Sudanese government for its treatment of black Africans in the western region of Darfur. Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado, the author of a bill on Sudan, told English to Africa reporter James Butty that the violence in Sudan is genocide.

He says the US government has done all it can to bring attention to the actions of the Sudanese government. But Congressman Tancredo says because of the unwillingness of certain members of the UN Security Council, the United States has been unable to get a UN resolution calling the Sudan crisis genocide, because to do would require intervention to try to correct the situation. He named China, Russia, and France.

Congressman Tancredo also described as amazing the reluctance of African countries to condemn the Khartoum government. He says it is even amazing that ?black African states? will not condemn the Sudanese government. Congressman Tancredo says the only reason for this reluctance is that African countries are still stuck with the anti-colonialism position of not saying bad things about another African country. He says bad things are happening in Africa. He says what is happening in Sudan is genocide, and African countries must condemn it.