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U.N. Says Sudan Militias Still Attacking

September 08, 2004|From Reuters

KHARTOUM, Sudan — The United Nations said Tuesday that Arab militias were still attacking villages in Sudan's Darfur region despite government pledges, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Khartoum must do much more to protect civilians.

Annan also called on Sudan to accept a larger monitoring force from the African Union and said he expected the U.N. Security Council to take action within a week.

A top Sudanese official denounced Washington's threat of sanctions over Darfur, saying it was part of a conspiracy by the U.S. to destroy the government.

The United Nations put fresh pressure on Khartoum to resolve the crisis in Darfur, issuing a report that security had deteriorated in the vast and arid western region.

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