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Khartoum - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived on Wednesday for a mission focused on the humanitarian crisis in the western region of Darfur, an AFP correspondent at the airport said.
Annan was to hold talks with Sudanese leaders as well visiting US Secretary of State Colin Powell, before heading to a camp for displaced people in war-torn Darfur on Thursday. He is then due to travel on to neighbouring Chad.
"The Sudanese government should facilitate the entry of equipment for humanitarian activities and support," Annan told a press conference on Tuesday in Doha.
The government should also "forbid the militia, particularly the Janjawid, from attacking people".
"The responsibility of the government of Sudan is to protect their citizens. If that government is not able or willing to do it, the international community has to do something about it," Annan said.
More than 10 000 people have died in Darfur and more than a million been driven from their homes since the revolt against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum broke out among indigenous ethnic minorities in February 2003.
Of those, about 120 000 have sought refuge in Chad, sparking fears that the conflict might spill over Sudan's borders.
On July 2, Annan is due to visit a refugee camp on the Chadian side of the border before returning to Khartoum for further meetings with the government. - Sapa-AFP