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UN officials say "war crimes" in Darfur call for international police presence

Senior UN officials told the Security Council Thursday that "crimes against humanity, war crimes and breaches of the laws of war have probably occurred on a large and systematic scale" in the Darfur region of Sudan, requiring an international police presence to assist local police officers and protect the large population of refugees there.

Juan Mendez, the Argentine special UN advisor for the prevention of genocide, and Canadian Louise Arbour, the UN high commissioner for human rights, briefed the Council after a visit to the region and said the refugees currently do not trust the local police. Reuters has this story and the UN News Centre has more. Watch recorded video of a press conference after the briefing here.

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