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Condemnation of International Humanitarian Organizations Expulsions


Press Statement
Gordon Duguid
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
March 6, 2009

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The United States condemns the expulsions of international humanitarian organizations from Sudan by the Government of Sudan (GOS). These organizations provide critical humanitarian assistance to millions of Sudanese, and the forced departure of these organizations immediately and seriously threatens the lives and well-being of displaced populations. The United States fully supports the work of humanitarian aid organizations in Sudan and the need for them to continue their life-saving work unobstructed. We call on the GOS to allow these organizations to continue their operations and provide the necessary humanitarian space for them to do so. The decision to expel the very organizations that provide aid to vulnerable populations will result in a further deterioration in the humanitarian situation throughout Sudan. We continue to urge the GOS and all armed rebel groups and their proxies to take no action that would imperil the safety and security of civilians, humanitarian workers, and peacekeepers in the country.



PRN: 2009/192

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