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Sudan Rejects UN Darfur Resolution - 2004-07-31


Sudan has denounced a U.N. Security Council resolution that gives it 30 days to stop atrocities by Arab militia in its western Darfur region or face international action.

Sudan's Information Minister (El-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik) said the resolution was misguided and undermines efforts to resolve the crisis already underway by the Sudanese government, the African Union and the Arab League.

Thirteen of the 15 Security Councils members voted for the U.S. sponsored resolution Friday, after the United States dropped the word "sanctions" from the text, substituting the threat of economic or diplomatic measures.

Today (Saturday), U.S. Secretary Colin Powell called on Sudan to comply with the resolution.

Arab militias in Darfur are accused of murdering and raping black villagers, forcing more than one million residents to flee their homes. The Sudanese government has promised to disarm them.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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