Foreign diplomats note Khartoum measures on Darfur crisis

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese government, local press reports cited diplomatic sources as confirming Wednesday, has done much to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and avert UN sanctions.
Last month, the UN Security Council gave Khartoum until August ending to disarm the marauding Arab militias (the Janjaweed) in Darfur and to improve security to enable the return of people internally displaced by the turmoil.
"Things are moving forward, so there will not be any sanctions," the private Sudan Vision daily quoted China's Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Yishan as observing after a briefing by UN assistant secretary general Tuliameni Kalomoh, on steps taken by Khartoum to control militias and ease the delivery of humanitarian aid to Darfur.
The Security Council will on 2 September receive a report from the Secretary-General's special representative to Sudan, Jan Pronk.
"This is an opportunity to seek a more realistic and practical strategy based on engagement and cooperation with Sudan and the African Union (AU) rather than a coercive approach," Sudan Vision also quoted Pakistani Ambassador to UN Munir Akram as saying.
Last Tuesday, visiting British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw lauded continuing efforts by Khartoum to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Darfur.
Currently, there are 130 observers and a contingent of 155 Rwandan troops patrolling the troubled region.
A government delegation is in talks in Abuja, Nigeria with the two rebel groups in Darfur, the Sudan Liberation Movement and Justice and Equality Movement under the mediation AU chairman, President Olusegun Obasanjo.

26 august 2004 11:33:00

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