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Annan Condemns Darfur Attacks on Humanitarian Staff

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has strongly condemned the killing of an African Union interpreter in the Kalma refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur region.

On Monday, the top U.N. humanitarian official Jan Egeland fled the camp when a large group of demonstrators asking for protection from peacekeepers turned violent. The U.N. group fled, but a translator was later killed by the angry mob.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Mr. Annan also criticized other recent attacks on humanitarian groups working in Darfur and Chad, including a U.N. staff member who was shot and critically wounded last week in eastern Chad.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to appear at the U.N. Security Council today to call for speeding up the deployment of peacekeepers to the Darfur region.

Sudan is under pressure to allow the United Nations to take over peacekeeping efforts from the African Union.