Obama, Ban discuss Sudan

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo Tuesday called on the Sudanese government to allow in aid workers.

The Sudanese government has expelled relief workers from the African country's Darfur region.


After meeting with Ban, Obama said the Sudanese expulsion of aid workers has a "potential crisis of even greater dimensions."

The president said the international community must send message to the Sudanese government "that it's not acceptable to put that many people's lives at risk."

On the upcoming G20 summit of world leaders, Ban said industrial powers ought not "lose sight of the challenges and plight of hundreds of hundreds of millions of poorest people of the developing countries who have been impacted by this economic crisis."

He also urged leaders to keep true to their commitments of development assistance and help developing countries to overcome their food shortages.

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