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President George W. Bush said he had directed emergency food stockpiles to Sudan to help ease a humanitarian crisis and called on the US Congress to approve $225 million in food aid.

Bush directed five US ships be loaded with food and proceed to Port Sudan and ordered the emergency purchase of another 40,000 tons of food for rapid shipment.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will address the UN Security Council to request a resolution to accelerate deployment of UN peacekeepers in Darfur.

The government of Sudan and the main Darfur rebel faction signed a deal to end three years of fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced two million to flee their homes.

Bush said he was proposing $225 million in food aid for Sudan as part of an emergency spending bill for the Iraq war and hurricane Katrina that is snarled on Capitol Hill as senators try to add spending items to it that Bush considers unnecessary.


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