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Annan Asks NATO, EU to Help End Crisis in Darfur

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling on NATO and the European Union to do more to help end violence in Sudan's Darfur region.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mr. Annan said NATO and the EU have the capacity to protect the people who are dying every day in western Sudan.

He said more international forces are needed to help stop fighting and to provide for secure humanitarian operations.

Mr. Annan says an African Union mission of about 3,000 troops and observers in the region cannot do the job alone.

Earlier this month, a U.N. panel found that civilians in Darfur have been brutalized in a campaign that may amount to crimes against humanity.

Sudanese troops and pro-government forces have been fighting rebels, who launched an uprising two years ago.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.