POWELL FINDS GENOCIDE IN DARFUR: Killings in Darfur constitute genocide - "U.S. Declares Genocide in Sudan"
He was speaking as the UN Security Council prepared to debate a US resolution that threatens oil sanctions if Sudan does not stop the abuses. His use of the term genocide is likely to influence the diplomatic debate. The draft resolution presented by Washington is due to be discussed later on Thursday.
Mr Powell blamed the government of Sudan and pro-government Arab Janjaweed militias for the killings. "We concluded that genocide has been committed in Darfur and that the government of Sudan and the Janjaweed bear responsibility and genocide may still be occurring," Mr Powell said.
The Sudanese government says it believes Sudan's allies within the UN will not agree to sanctions."
Update: More via Reuters "U.S. Declares Genocide in Sudan"