China asks US to revise its UN draft on Darfur crisis

China on Tuesday asked the United States to revise its draft to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, western Sudan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said that at a regular press conference Tuesday afternoon while asked to make comments on the new draft.

China closely watched the Darfur issue, hoped the Sudan government can ease the local humanitarian situation at an early date with help from international community, especially from the African Union, he said.

China has offered 10 million yuan (1.2 million US dollars) worth of material aid to Sudan, he said.

Sudan has made progress in implementing the 1556 resolution of the UN Security Council so far and the local situation has been developing toward a good direction, he noted.

The international community should give positive comment on and support to Sudan's effort and allow enough time to fulfill its commitment, the spokesman said.

The new draft, submitted to the UN Security Council by the United States, was not in accordance with the theme of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's report on Sudan's implementation of the Resolution 1556, he said.

Under the current situation, to exert pressure and threaten to adopt sanctions will serve nothing but make the Darfur issue more complicated, Kong said, noting China has noticed that many countries have the same idea.

China hopes the US side can revise the new draft according to all side's suggestions for a proper solution on the Darfur issue, he said.

The Darfur crisis has escalated since February 2003 to what the United Nations described as a humanitarian disaster that has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people and displaced some 1 million others.

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