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US tells Sudan: disarm Darfur militias

US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick issued a stern warning to Sudan to disarm the Arab militias accused of human rights abuses in Darfur, as he visited the shattered Sudanese region. “We are certainly sending a very strong message to the government of Sudan that we want them to stop the militias. They have a responsibility … and we also want them to move to disarm the militias,” he told reporters in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state. Government troops fighting rebels in Darfur have been backed by militias — known as Janjaweed — that have been accused of murder, torture, widespread rape and other human rights abuses against the civilian population. Zoellick, who was speaking after talks with visiting African Union (AU) peace and security commissioner Said Djinnit, also called for the deployment of additional AU troops to help secure peace in Darfur. Full Story

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