In what should be a surprise to no one, members of the UN Security Council are opposing US efforts to put trade sanctions on Sudan as a response to the ongoing genocide.

PADAK, Sudan — America is on a lonely mission to end the crisis in Sudan.

The United States is pushing for U.N. sanctions against the east African nation. But U.S.-sponsored resolutions have met resistance in the U.N. Security Council — particularly from China and Pakistan, which have major oil deals in the African country. Algeria, which is a fellow Arab league member, also is an obstacle.

All together now: it's all about oooiiiillll! Oh, but wait, it's not the US after oil so it doesn't matter.
According to the World Health Organization, between 6,000 and 10,000 people are dying each month from disease and malnutrition in the camps. The United States is making the crisis in Darfur one of its top priorities on the African continent. Natsios said USAID has three major reconstruction projects underway — Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan.

The United States gives more than 70 percent of all aid to Darfur — more than all other countries combined. The assistance goes to agencies like the World Food Program, which then delivers it to hard-to-reach places.

70%? Don't tell Senator Kerry that or he'll expect us to cut back.
The Sudanese government says the situation in Darfur is improving and officials have made it easier for aid groups to get into the country. But while the United States presses for more action and the United Nations studies the issue of whether genocide has taken place -- something the United States determined a month ago -- 1.5 million Sudanese living in squalid camps wait; 10,000 of them die each month.
Good job, UN, keep on studying. Only 10,000 people died between America's decision and now, so there's no real hurry.

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