INTRO: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has
wrapped up a six-nation tour of Africa, meeting with
southern Sudanese rebel and community leaders in
Nairobi. V-O-A's Kyle King reports from the Kenyan
capitol, the Secretary is pushing for an end to
Sudan's 16 year civil war.
TEXT: Secretary of State Albright's talks with rebel
leader John Garang focused on the importance of the
Kenyan-led peace process that is now underway. Ms.
Albright said a solution to the conflict required the
Islamic government in Khartoum to respect the rights
of the people in the mostly Christian south.
/// ALBRIGHT ACT ///
They need to understand that the only solution
to this is to deal with the huge portion of
their population who don't want to live under
/// END ACT ///
The secretary, who also met separately with Sudanese
civil leaders said they were frustrated with the
difficulty of the negotiation process.
Ms. Albright said part of the problem was finding a
way to influence the government in Khartoum, which the
United States has listed as a sponsor of international
/// ALBRIGHT ACT TWO ///
The problem that is difficult is how you exert
leverage over countries that you don't deal
/// END ACT TWO ///
The secretary said she fears the war may intensify now
that the Khartoum government has begun pumping more
than 100-thousand barrels of oil a day through a 15-
hundred kilometer long pipeline.
/// ALBRIGHT ACT THREE ///
There seem to be countries that believe that if
a central government that is dictatorial has
access to more money, then somehow that money
will filter to the benefit of the people. It
/// END ACT ///
Ms. Albright also met with the Kenyan official who has
been trying to find a solution to the conflict. She
said she was encouraged that he was willing to roll up
his sleeves (work hard) because there was not a lot of
time to resolve the issue.
The United States has pledged about 300-thousand
dollars to support the peace process. (Signed)
23-Oct-1999 09:51 AM EDT (23-Oct-1999 1351 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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