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It is a plaster that cannot heal the region's perpetual turmoil

Captain Brian Steidle: 'I walked through a field filled with human bones'

Captain Brian Steidle was a ceasefire monitor in Darfur with the African Union, where he watched helplessly as a genocide unfolded. The former US Marine is the first observer to go public on the atrocities in the region

Darfur has already become a monument to the world's failure to keep its promises

The desperate haggling that has been going on all week within the United Nations Security Council over Darfur sums up perfectly the inadequate manner in which the world, as a whole, has reacted to the emergency there. The resolution before the Security Council was to give the International Criminal Court jurisdiction to pursue those suspected of committing war crimes in the western region of Sudan. That action is needed, no one on the Security Council was in doubt. But they could not agree on the wording.

Unfinished

Justice for Darfur needs more than `consensus'

Last week, a United Nations commission of inquiry strongly recommended prosecutions at the International Criminal Court for those responsible for the killing fields of Darfur. The commission emphasised that alternatives to the ICC, as proposed by Washington, would be cumbersome and expensive. Britain's ambassador to the UN, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, rightly noted that the court, set up to prosecute genocide and crimes against humanity, is "tailor-made" for cases such as Darfur.

Steve Crawshaw: Justice for Darfur needs more than 'consensus'

As Tony Blair is the one world leader to whom George Bush listens, the UK can make a difference

Britain accused of siding with US on Darfur killings

The United Nations secretary general yesterday urged the Security Council to impose sanctions against those responsible for atrocities in Darfur as Britain was accused of preparing to breach European solidarity in order to side with the United States over international prosecutions.

Leading Article: The abuses of Darfur must be dealt with in the International Criminal Court

WHAT TO do about Darfur? Overshadowed by the cataclysm of the tsunami and the elections in Iraq, the continuing murder and violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan has been pushed to the edges of international concern. Not for much longer. The massacres have continued unabated, with the particularly horrendous bombing of a village by a Sudanese military aircraft only last week.

Letter: Blame for Darfur

Sir: I read your front page on Darfur (26 January) with growing amazement. I had thought the villains of the piece were perhaps the Janjaweed militia or the Sudanese government, the ones raping and bombing and killing. Or perhaps Russia and China, who promise to veto any Security Council resolution threatening sanctions.

Darfur killings not genocide, says UN group

A special United Nations commission has decided that two years of violence in the western Sudan region of Darfur was not genocide but "crimes against humanity with ethnic dimensions", according to leaks of the report in the US.

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