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UN considers sanctions against Sudanese government for obstructing aid

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7459.191 (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:191
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Dr Lee Jong-wook, director general of the World Health Organization, has described the situation in Darfur, western Sudan, as a potential “health catastrophe,” after a visit to the war-ravaged region, warning that hundreds of thousands could die of famine and disease unless urgent action is taken.

    The UN Security Council is debating sanctions against Khartoum for obstruction of aid efforts and the US Congress introduced a resolution declaring the crisis a “genocide.” These moves follow high profile missions by the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, who said the crisis “bordered on ethnic cleansing” and by the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, who complained Sudan's government was “in …

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