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U.N. expresses concern over Darfur

The U.N. Human Rights Council expressed concern about the situation in Darfur, but held back from criticizing Sudan’s government for its failure to cooperate with U.N. investigators. Friday’s resolution, a compromise proposal put forth by the European Union, was adopted unanimously, The Associated Press reported. “Today’s decision was a success for the European Union, was a success for Africa, a success for the new Human Rights Council, and we hope that it will be a success for the people in Darfur,” Germany’s Ambassador Michael Steiner, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the 27-nation European Union, told reporters. According to estimates, some 400,000 people have been killed and at least 2.5 million driven from their homes in Darfur in four years of fighting between rebels and militias. American Jewish groups have taken the lead in calling for greater efforts to bring the atrocities to a halt.