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Annan Says U.N. Action Against Sudan Possible

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday his trip to Sudan this week could lead to Security Council action against Khartoum if it does not act to ease a humanitarian crisis in the western region of Darfur. “Depending on what we see on the ground, the Council may have to take further steps,” Annan said in response to questions about punitive measures against Sudan. He did not elaborate. “If that government is not able or willing to do it (protect people in Darfur), the international community has to do something about it,” he told a news conference in the Qatari capital Doha. Annan declined to set a timetable for Khartoum, but said he would discuss the issue with African leaders during his trip. Full Story

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