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DATE=10/23/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ALBRIGHT-SUDAN (L-0) NUMBER=2-255395 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=NAIROBI INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: 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 Sharia law. /// 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 terrorism. /// ALBRIGHT ACT TWO /// The problem that is difficult is how you exert leverage over countries that you don't deal with. /// 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 doesn't happen. /// 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) NEB/KK/LTD-T/JO 23-Oct-1999 09:51 AM EDT (23-Oct-1999 1351 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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