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Carnage in Sudan unabated

International pressure remains insufficient to halt the death and displacement of black Africans in the Darfur region of Sudan, despite growing evidence that the government continues to back the Arab militias it has promised to disarm, African political analysts and human-rights experts charged Tuesday. High-level visits to the troubled region this month by Secretary of State Colin Powell and by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the release of new documents implicating Khartoum in what the United Nations calls “ethnic cleansing” have failed to stem the crisis in Sudan’s rebellious west, said John Prendergast, a special adviser on Africa to the Washington-based International Crisis Group. “The net impact of all the visits and all the pressure has been minimal. Right now the level of pressure that is being applied to the government of Sudan is insufficient to change its calculations about how to deal with Darfur,” Prendergast said. Full Story

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