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December 7, 2004

US Senate Authorizes Aid for Sudanese Refugees

Finally, someone in the USG is doing something about Sudan. Not enough, but maybe this will lead to something bigger.

The Senate cleared legislation today that would authorize aid for victims of government-sponsored attacks in the Darfur region of Sudan and press the United Nations and U.S. allies to impose sanctions on officials in Khartoum. The bill (S 2781), sent to the White House by voice vote, would authorize $300 million in aid, $200 million of which would be immediately available for humanitarian assistance in the Darfur region and eastern Chad, mainly for aid groups working in the region. The other $100 million would be available after conclusion of a peace agreement that has been in the works for months. Sudan's government and southern rebels signed a pledge at the United Nations on Nov. 19 to end Africa's longest civil war by Dec. 31. The bill also includes language added by the House that urges President Bush to impose sanctions on Sudanese officials involved with the alleged genocide in Darfur and freeze the assets of businesses controlled by the government or the National Congress Party.
From CQ Midday Update

Posted by cj at December 7, 2004 1:25 PM


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