WASHINGTON, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Friday warned Chad
not to carry out its threats to expel some 200,000 Sudanese refugees in
retaliation for Khartoum's alleged backing ofa Chadian rebel offensive.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack issued the warning after Chadian
President Idriss Deby announced that his country haddecided to cut off
diplomatic ties with neighboring Sudan, and threatened to expel some 200,000
Sudanese refugees if no solution was found to the Darfur crisis by the end of
"We are ... working to confirm with the government of Chad exactly what
their stance is on this and to underline in the strongest possible terms that
such an action would be unacceptable," McCormack said.
"We call upon the government of Chad to uphold its responsibilities, as
outlined by the UN, and international obligations to provide protection for
these refugees as well as toprovide international access to the refugees," he
McCormack said Washington was unable to confirm whether Khartoum was
involved in Chad, but added that the U.S. government would find any proof of a
Sudanese role "very disturbing."
"Very clearly, any sort of assistance to an armed incursion is unacceptable
behavior," he said. "It's unacceptable behavior for aneighbor to act in such a
It was reported that rebels marching toward N'Djamena, the capital of Chad,
battled with government forces on Thursday, leaving hundreds of people dead.
Sudan denied any involvement in the fight. Enditem