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US Proposes 10,000 UN Peacekeepers for Sudan

The United States has proposed a 10,000 strong U.N. peacekeeping force for southern Sudan to help enforce a January cease-fire agreement that ended two decades of civil war.

The draft Security Council resolution circulated Monday also imposes sanctions on those responsible for the violence in Sudan's western Darfur region. It would widen an arms embargo to include the government and also demand Khartoum stop offensive military flights over Darfur.

The draft avoids the contentious issue of where to try those accused of war crimes committed in Darfur, simply calling for those suspected of atrocities to be brought to justice.

Most Security Council members want to use the existing International Criminal Court in The Hague. Washington opposes the court and wants to use an existing tribunal in Tanzania instead.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.