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Sudan accepts U.N. resolution

ADDIS ABABA, JULY 31. Sudan today said it would comply with a U.N. resolution threatening it with sanctions if it failed to restore security in the crisis-hit Darfur region.

``Sudan is not happy with the [U.N.] Security Council resolution, but we will comply with it to the best of our ability,'' Osman Al Said, Sudan's ambassador to the African Union (AU), told a news conference in Ethiopia. ``Because should we fail to do so, we know our enemies would not hesitate to take other measures against our country,'' he added, in remarks that backed down from Sudan's initial rejection of the vote.

`Won't be another Israel'

``Sudan accepts the decision of the (U.N.) Security Council on Darfur, because it is a member of the United Nations and has no other options. Sudan is not going to be another Israel, which has no respect to the decision of the world body,'' Mr. Al Said added. However, he lashed out at the United States which drafted the resolution giving Khartoum 30 days to disarm and prosecute marauding Arab militia or face sanctions.

``Sudan completely rejects the motive of the U.S. government in sponsoring the resolution because it has nothing to do with the welfare of the people of Darfur or of Africa,'' he said. He said U.S. interest in arid, impoverished Darfur had more to do with winning the black vote in November's U.S. presidential election.

Instead, he called on the 53-member AU to mediate a solution to the Darfur problem. ``This is an African problem and it should be solved by Africans,'' Al Said said.

The AU has 96 military observers monitoring an April ceasefire between Khartoum and rebel groups in Darfur. — Reuters

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