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Powell Asks Leader to Crack Down on Militias

From Times Wire Reports

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell appealed to Sudanese President Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir to rein in militias that he said were responsible for a humanitarian crisis in western Sudan.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail, appearing later with Powell in Khartoum, the capital, said there might be some humanitarian problems in Darfur province but insisted that “there is no famine, no malnutrition and no disease.”


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