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Vol 37 No 23

Published 15th November 1996


Arms against a sea of troubles

Though the government appears to be on the offensive, it's really trying to save its life. The US is counter-attacking

Washington is to send military aid to the Sudanese regime's opponents in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Uganda, officials have confirmed to Africa Confidential. The aid is worth nearly US$20 million; of the initial $15 mn., Ethiopia will get $7.3 mn., while Eritrea and Uganda will get $3.85 mn. each. It has been held up for 18 months by bureaucracy and politics. At one stage discussions involved President Bill Clinton. The aid comes as the United Nations imposes aviation sanctions on Sudan for failing to hand over three men accused of attempting to kill Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Ethiopia in 1995, and for supporting terrorism.

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