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Annan Praises Donor Pledges for Sudan

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has praised donor nations for pledging $4.5 billion for rebuilding Sudan, but says promises alone are not enough.

In an opinion piece published Wednesday in The New York Times, Mr. Annan again urged the donors to immediately convert their pledges to cash. He also called for more protection forces in Sudan's war-torn western Darfur region to prevent "yet more death and suffering."

Donor nations meeting in Oslo this week pledged $4.5 billion to help rebuild southern Sudan after 21 years of civil war.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said Tuesday that the U.S. pledge of nearly $2 billion is contingent upon Khartoum putting an end to atrocities committed in Darfur.