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Britain Expels Sudanese Ambassador

January 4, 1994

LONDON (AP) _ Britain ordered the Sudanese ambassador on Tuesday to leave the country within 14 days, responding to the expulsion of the British ambassador to Sudan last week.

Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, on a Mideast tour, said in Jerusalem that expelling Ambassador Ali Osman Yassin was ″a necessary response to an unjustified act.″

Sudan ordered British Ambassador Peter Streams expelled last Thursday, accusing him of interfering in that north-central African nation’s internal affairs.

The dispute was triggered by a visit to Sudan by Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, head of the Church of England and leader of 70 million Anglicans worldwide.

Carey visited southern Sudan at the invitation of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, but canceled a visit to Khartoum, the capital, where he was to have been a guest of the Islamic government.

Carey said he was not assured freedom of movement. The cancellation prompted Sudan to expel Streams, who it said was a party to Carey’s decision.

In New York, where Yassin also serves as ambassador to the United Nations, Yassin told British Broadcasting Corp. radio, ″Unfortunately, the archbishop mixed politics with spiritual things. He went to the south and ... encouraged the rebels.″

Sudanese Anglicans, concentrated in southern Sudan, are among the harshest critics of Khartoum’s handling of the civil war in the predominantly Christian and animist south.

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