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VOA Panel Discusses Sudan Conflict

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2004 — Roger Winter, the Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told the Voice of America today that if the north-south Sudan agreement "is not signed, if it is allowed to unravel, it means war again in the south."

Winter made his comments during a panel discussion at VOA entitled "Sudan: Between War and Peace," which explored the ongoing conflict in Sudan and the surrounding region. Winter also said that disarming the Janjaweed "will take serious multilateral action - I don't expect the U.S. can do it alone."

The panel, moderated by VOA Africa Division journalist Vincent Makori, will be aired to more than 40 million radio and television viewers in Africa. Other panelists included Dr. Francis Deng, United Nations Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons, and Abdel Bagi Kabeir, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan.

The panel also discussed the current humanitarian efforts in Darfur, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's recent trip to the region, the reaction from the international community, and the question of genocide. VOA Africa division reporter Mwamoyo Hamza telephoned from Nairobi to provide detailed reports of his recent trip to Darfur.

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