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Annan: Sudan Failed to Meet Key Demands on Darfur


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the Sudanese government has not met two of the most important demands of the Security Council on the Darfur conflict - to disarm militias and arrest those who have committed atrocities in the region.

Mr. Annan says violence in Darfur has increased substantially over the last six months, including attacks on civilians and aid workers. He says the number of people now affected by the war is 2.3 million, more than one-third of Darfur's population.

His comments are in a report to the U.N. Security Council released on Monday.

Mr. Annan said pro-government Arab militia are carrying out "atrocious crimes on a massive scale." He also blamed Darfur rebels, who he says have increased atttacks on government officials and police officers.

Some information for this report provided bay AP and Reuters.

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