Saturday, November 7, 2009


U.N. says abuses continue in Darfur

Sudan's government continues to commit human rights abuses in Darfur, according to a U.N. report released Friday, even as the Obama administration pursues a new policy of engagement conditioned on an improvement in the situation there.

A U.N. panel appointed to monitor implementation of Security Council sanctions said the Khartoum government has failed to halt the illegal flow of arms into Darfur or protect the rights of people living in the region, and has tortured government opponents.

"The Darfurian population continues to be victimized by the effects of attacks and counterattacks involving most of the armed movements that frequently lead to disproportionate use of force by the Sudanese Armed Forces," the report said. The panel described a government crackdown on Darfur natives that "has manifested itself in violations of a catalogue of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announcing a new "results-oriented" approach Oct. 19, said that the United States seeks to end abuses in Darfur, firm up a peace deal that ended war between northern and southern Sudan, and ensure terrorists do not take refuge in the country.

-- Bloomberg News


U.N. suggests Turkey as answer to impasse

Iran's enriched uranium could be shipped to Turkey as a means of easing U.S. and European concerns over the Persian Gulf country's nuclear ambitions, the head of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.

Mohamed ElBaradei said he proposed Turkey as a third-country destination after Iran rejected a Western suggestion that its low-enriched uranium be sent to Russia for further enrichment to reactor-grade fuel.

"It should work," ElBaradei said. "Iran has a lot of trust in Turkey."

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