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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

BBC NEWS | Africa | US presents new Darfur UN draft

BBC NEWS | Africa | US presents new Darfur UN draft: "US presents new Darfur UN draft
The US has put out a new version of its UN draft resolution on the Darfur crisis, containing a modified threat of sanctions against Sudan.
It says the UN Security Council will consider such measures if violence continues in the region.
The earlier draft contained a direct threat of sanctions if Sudan failed to disarm pro-government militias.
Earlier, fresh attempts to find a solution to the Darfur crisis made no progress at talks in Nigeria.
The US ambassador to the UN, John Danforth, said he hoped a vote would be held by the end of this week.
The new draft says the security council 'shall consider' punitive measures, such as actions 'to affect Sudan's petroleum sector', if atrocities in Darfur continue.
Talks held up
But the BBC's Susannah Price at the UN says the more indirect language is unlikely to satisfy China, Algeria or Pakistan - which oppose altogether the threat of sanctions against Sudan. "

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