Thursday, July 29, 2004

Annan urges more aid for Sudan

In need of aid: Kofi Annan says western nations have been tight-fisted.

UN secretary-general Kofi Annan is pressing governments for more aid for the troubled Darfur region, as the Security Council considers threatening the Sudanese Government with sanctions over its role in the humanitarian crisis in the region.

Mr Annan has written to the leaders of 11 key European, Asian and Gulf nations.

He says nations have so far been too tight-fisted in addressing the situation in Darfur, where Arab militias have killed tens of thousands of African villagers and driven more than 1 million more from their homes.

A UN emergency appeal in March requested $US349 million in aid for the western Sudanese region.

UN officials say so far, less than half of that has been donated, with 70 per cent of that coming from just four donors - the United States, the Netherlands, Britain and the European Commission.

On Tuesday, the United States toughened its draft resolution to threaten unspecified sanctions against the Sudanese Government in 30 days if it failed to fulfil its commitments to disarm the Arab militias and give relief workers full access to the region.

UN, US and European Union officials blame the armed groups, known as Janjaweed militias, for murder, rape and pillaging in Darfur.

The Sudanese Government is accused of backing the Janjaweed.

Sudan denies this and protests outsiders meddling in its affairs.

US envoy Stuart Holliday told Security Council members on Tuesday to expect a vote either Thursday or Friday on the draft after a final round of talks on Wednesday afternoon.

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By In Solidarity 29 July 04


Sudan vows to resist Darfur intervention
A crowd of boys welcomes the arrival of a convoy of Red Cross trucks carrying food and supplies to a camp between Chad and Sudan.

Annan, African leaders to hold Sudan talks
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will hold talks with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and other African leaders on peace initiatives in Sudan and Ivory Coast on Thursday, a Nigerian spokeswoman said.

Sudan warns against foreign intervention
Sudan has warned it will use force against any attempt at outside military intervention in the crisis-torn Darfur region, while rebels called for the quick arrival of foreign troops.

Sudanese refugees flood into Chad
Aid agencies in Chad are bracing for the arrival of more refugees from Sudan's devastated Darfur region. The United Nations estimates that up to 200,000 refugees have already crossed into Chad from Sudan and fears that as many again are on their way.

US threatens Sudan with UN sanctions
The United States has circulated a United Nations resolution threatening sanctions against the Sudan government if Khartoum did not prosecute Arab militia leaders in the western Darfur region.

UN sanctions for Sudan 'unlikely'
United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan says Sudan has made little progress in curbing marauding militias in the Darfur region but diplomats said sanctions against Khartoum were unlikely.

Sudan rejects human rights report on Darfur
The Sudanese government has slammed a report by Human Rights Watch over the strife-torn western region of Darfur and accused the organisation of attempting to provoke the UN Security Council into imposing sanctions against the country.

African Union tries to revive failed Darfur talks
The African Union (AU) says it has made fresh contact with the government of Sudan and Darfur rebels in an effort to revive peace talks that broke down over the weekend.

Health catastrophe looms in Sudan: UN
A malnourished Sudanese refugee child lies at a feeding centre in Iriba Town in Chad. The World Health Organisation has warned a major health catastrophe could erupt in western Sudan's Darfur region if the needed funds, personnel and supplies were not made available.

Sudan decrees end to relief restrictions
The Sudanese Government, under international pressure to help displaced people in the western region of Darfur, has ordered an end to restrictions on the movement of relief organisations and imports of relief supplies.

Sudan urged to take urgent action to protect refugees
The UN is urging the Sudanese Government to take urgent action to protect more than 1 million refugees.

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