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U.S. Calls Killings In Sudan Genocide

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said for the first time yesterday that genocide has taken place in Sudan and that the government in Khartoum and government-sponsored Arab militias known as Janjaweed “bear responsibility” for rapes, killings and other abuses that have left 1.2 million black Africans homeless.Powell’s long-awaited declaration — the result of months of investigation and discussion within the State Department — is intended to increase pressure on the Sudanese government to end the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region. But refugee organizations and aid groups said it also will make it much harder for the Bush administration to step away from the problem if its diplomatic efforts are unsuccessful.Full Story

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