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US insists Sudan violence is genocide, supports separate war crimes tribunal

[JURIST] Following up a story reported earlier [JURIST report] today on JURIST's Paper Chase, the US State Department [official website] has welcomed the release of the UN report on the violence in Sudan [JURIST Countries], although it has maintained its characterization of the actions as genocide, contrary to the UN's conclusions. The US previously called the Sudanese government's actions in Darfur genocide in September 2004. Responding to the UN report Tuesday State Department spokesman Richard Boucher also said the US continued to advocate the creation of a special war crimes tribunal in Tanzania to try suspects involved in Darfur rather than endorsing the UN plan of using the International Criminal Court. Boucher also said the US supported the creation of a UN peacekeeping force to aid the African Union forces already present in Sudan. Read a transcript of the State Department press briefing. AFP has more.

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