Washington, D.C., June 10, 2005 – In an exclusive interview with the Voice of America, John Garang, head of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLA), said the SPLA would send 12,000 troops to Darfur to help stabilize the situation there.
Dr. Garang’s comments, which aired Thursday during VOA’s Africa Journal television program, focused on the purpose of his trip to Washington, preparations for his return to Sudan as the country's vice president, and his reaction to the refusal of the Sudanese government to hand over any Sudanese to the International Criminal Court.
Also appearing on the program to discuss current events in Sudan, including the International Criminal Court's announcement of the opening of a war crimes investigation in Sudan's Darfur region, were Ambassador Abdel Bagi Kabeir, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan; Pagan Okiech, SPLM/A Leadership Council; Jemera Rone, Human Rights Watch; and Yves Sorokobi, Spokesman for the International Criminal Court's Chief Prosecutor in The Hague.
Calls were received from viewers in South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia.
Africa Journal, Voice of America's live studio call-in program, reaches viewers of more than 30 affiliate stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The program is also available on VOA’s website at http://www.voanews.com/english/Africa/AfricaJournal.cfm.
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