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His Patience Fading, Powell Is Demanding Sudan Improvements

Signaling impatience with Sudan’s rulers, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Thursday demanded “dramatic improvements on the ground right now” in the Darfur region, where armed militias have routed more than a million Sudanese from their homes. Mr. Powell, who visited Darfur in western Sudan last week, warned that the United Nations Security Council would act against the Khartoum government – and the Janjaweed militias it controls – if it fails to halt the violence. “Despite the promises that have been made, we have yet to see these dramatic improvements,” Mr. Powell told a panel on African policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Only actions, not words, can win the race against death in Darfur. And we will not rest. We will continue to apply pressure.” Full Story

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