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Annan Warns of Rwanda-Style Genocide in Sudan

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned Wednesday a Rwanda-style genocide may be in the making in Sudan and said international military force could be needed — a suggestion at once rejected by the Khartoum government. The U.N. chief issued his warning in a speech in Geneva on the 10th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide in which about 800,000 died. He left no doubt he feared something similar might be under way in west Sudan, where U.N. officials say “ethnic cleansing” is carried out. “The international community cannot stand idle,” declared Annan, who has himself acknowledged more should have been done to halt the orgy of killing in Rwanda in 1994. “The risk of genocide remains frighteningly real.” Full Story

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