Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Rice presses Sudan to accept U.N.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday she pressed Sudan's government to accept a U.N. force in the war-torn region of Darfur, warning improved U.S. relations depended on it.

Rice met Monday with Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol before leaving for a two-day trip to Canada.

Speaking to reporters aboard her plane, Rice suggested Khartoum remained opposed to such a force.

"I won't say that we made progress but I will say that I delivered the strongest possible message in the strongest possible terms to the Sudanese government that any hope for bettering relations between the United States and the Sudan rests on Sudan's cooperation," she said.

Rice said that Akol, in their meeting, "brought hopes for better relations between the United States and Sudan, and I told him in no uncertain terms that that wasn't on the agenda unless the Sudan acted responsibly." Read more >>>

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