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Annan: Strong Indications of War Crimes in Darfur

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the Security Council to take action to halt a surge of violence in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

In a report to the Council Wednesday, Mr. Annan said there are strong indications that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Darfur. He accused the Sudanese government of doing little to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the violence.

The secretary-general also said attacks were on the rise in the region, that a new rebel movement had emerged and that there was no verified progress in disarming fighters.

Pro-government Arab militias are blamed for atrocities against black Sudanese in a campaign the United Nations says amounts to "ethnic cleansing."

Some 70,000 people have died and more than a million others have been displaced during the 20-month Darfur conflict.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.