The new U.S. ambassador warned the Sudanese government Wednesday that Washington will demand tough U.N. action if it doesn’t start reining in Arab militias blamed for thousands of rapes and killings in western Darfur. “This is a matter of urgency,” said John Danforth, the former Missouri senator who was the U.S. point man on Sudan before taking up his new post this week. “We’re talking about days. We’re talking about this week as far as being serious.” He hinted the United States might push for sanctions against the Sudanese government as well as the Arab militias, known as the Janjaweed, if there are still killings, rapes and obstruction of humanitarian relief efforts in Darfur next week.Full Story
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