"President Taylor needs to step down so that his country can be spared further bloodshed," Mr. Bush said in Washington during a wide-ranging speech on his administration's Africa policy.
The president is scheduled to travel to Africa on July 7 for a five-day visit that will take him to Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria.
In his speech, he also urged the formation by June 30th of an interim government in Congo. He urged leaders of neighboring governments to assist the creation of an integrated national army. A war in Congo has killed more than 3 million people in the past four years.