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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel Tuesday to Sudan to attempt to open access to humanitarian groups working in the war-torn Darfur region, spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters Thursday.

"We think the government's behavior in this area -- Darfur -- is still not right," Boucher said about the western region of the country, where observers contend that government-sanctioned ethnic cleansing is under way.

"We will make very clear our concerns where there's not enough action, and Darfur is certainly a place where there's not enough action," he said.

Boucher added that the United States is talking with members of the U.N. Security Council about other possible action, including a resolution. "We do think a resolution might be in order, but we're just starting to talk about that now," he said.

"We are worried that there are people who are suffering every day in Darfur, and we know that we need to do everything we can to help them. That means calling attention to the problem, making every effort to stop the violence and delivering goods and supplies to the people who need them."

Since last October, he said, the United States has donated 86,000 tons of food to the U.N.'s World Food Program for Sudan and more for refugees who have crossed into Chad.


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