By Sue Pleming, Reuters, 17 March 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will be responsible for “every single death” caused by the expulsion of 13 foreign aid groups from Sudan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.
“This is a horrendous situation that is going to cause untold misery and suffering for the people of Darfur, particularly those in the refugee camps,” Clinton said of Sudan‘s decision to expel the aid groups earlier this month.
“The real question is what kind of pressure can be brought to bear on President Bashir and the government in Khartoum to understand that they will be held responsible for every single death that occurs in those camps,” she told reporters.
Clinton added that the United States planned to appoint a special envoy for Sudan in the coming days, following the tradition set by the Bush administration.