U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the Security Council to move faster to help end violence in Sudan's western Darfur region.

Mr. Annan met with council members Monday after new reports that people are being killed and raped, and villages continue to be burned in Darfur.

He says council members promised to introduce a new resolution on Darfur this week, which will include measures for holding accountable those accused of crimes.

Security Council members are also considering sending peacekeepers or imposing sanctions on Sudan's government.

Mr. Annan says U.N. members should back an African Union team monitoring a cease-fire between pro-government forces and Darfur rebels.

Meantime, the top U.N. humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, says humanitarian conditions have improved in Darfur, despite continued fighting.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.