Bush Urges Nations to Curb Darfur Fighting

He vows $100M for peacekeeping during visit to Rwanda
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 7:22 PM CST
Bush Urges Nations to Curb Darfur Fighting
President Bush poses with Rwandan dancers during a dedication ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)   (Associated Press)

Halfway through his African tour, President Bush stopped in Rwanda today and honored the 800,000 killed in the country's 1994 genocide, the AFP reports. He also vowed $100 million to help curb Darfur fighting and urged other nations to do the same, but he defended his choice not to send troops there. "I'm comfortable with the decision I made," he said.

"I'm not comfortable" with the speed of worldwide aid to the region, he added. He called UN efforts in Darfur "very bureaucratic, particularly with people suffering," and slammed countries that do not impose sanctions on Sudan—likely a jab at China, which supports Khartoum. Bush also toured a Rwanda genocide memorial and signed an investment treaty with President Paul Kagame. (Read more Rwanda stories.)

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