Three US senators criticized the UN Security Council for weakening a resolution to establish a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Sudan's ravaged Darfur region.
The resolution, which the Security Council approved Tuesday, removed harsh language in an effort to pick up votes.
Speaking before the UN action, Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, called it "welcome and overdue" that the Security Council was prepared to pass a resolution that would send a peacekeeping mission to protect the people of Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced since 2003.
He added: "I am very disappointed that the resolution's co-sponsors have succumbed to pressure from the Sudanese government" and removed the threat of sanctions.
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