updated 9/5/2004 6:03:51 PM ET 2004-09-05T22:03:51

A U.N. spokesman on Sunday said the world body keeps receiving reports of clashes continuing throughout Sudan’s Darfur region, where up to 4,000 people are believed to have been forced from their villages in recent days.

The Sudanese government has been under intense international pressure to do more to end the violence in the western region, where a 19-month ethnic conflict has killed an estimated 30,000 people and driven more than 1 million from their homes into displacement camps inside Sudan or into neighboring Chad.

“We keep receiving reports of insecurity in Darfur that is leading to the further displacement” of Darfurians from their homes, U.N. spokeswoman Radhia Achouri told The Associated Press in Egypt during a telephone interview.

Her comments follow the release of a report by the U.N.’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which says violence in North Darfur has forced thousands from their homes since late August.

The report said attacks on villages south of Zam Zam, 10 miles south of the regional capital, Al-Fasher, “have resulted in a population movement of around 3,000-4,000 persons,” adding that about half of the people have been settled in a displacement camp in Zam Zam.

Slideshow: Crisis in Sudan The United Nations describes the situation in Darfur as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. It has also called on the Sudanese government to do more to disarm Arab militias, known as the Janjaweed, blamed for attacking African villagers.

The United States accuses Sudanese authorities of backing the militia, a claim Khartoum denies.

A Security Council resolution gave the government 30 days — or until Aug. 30 — to work to disarm the Janjaweed or face possible diplomatic or economic sanctions.

After the deadline passed, U.N. envoy to Sudan, Jab Pronk, delivered a report to the Security Council this week concluding that the time for sanctions “had not yet arrived and that we should give the government a few more weeks.”

The United States reacted angrily to that recommendation, and EU foreign ministers on Saturday reaffirmed that they would push for U.N. sanctions against impoverished Sudan — including a possible oil boycott and cutting EU financial aid — if the government does not take action.

Achouri, the U.N. spokeswoman, said the United Nations keeps receiving regular reports of violence involving warring tribes, government troops, the Janjaweed and rebels in areas outside zones that the Sudanese government had designated as safe areas where displaced people could go to for protection.

She added, however, that U.N. organizations have received no reports of Sudanese government forces instigating any of the violence.

Sudanese authorities say they deserve credit from the international community for trying to bring the Darfur crisis under control through improving security conditions and the passage of relief aid to the region.

The United Nations has credited Sudan with improving the security situation but urged that more be done.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a close U.S. ally, on Sunday called for the Darfur crisis to be solved without foreign interference, saying he was concerned about Sudan’s territorial integrity, the official Petra news agency reported. He did not elaborate.

Sudan’s foreign minister has said his government is willing to allow increased numbers of foreign forces and monitors into Darfur to observe a rarely adhered to April 8 cease-fire between Sudanese authorities and rebels, provided Khartoum has the final say in choosing which countries provide more forces.

His comments follow U.N. calls on Sudan’s government to allow more than 3,000 troops enter Darfur, something Khartoum has not sanctioned.

Sudan has been cool on allowing Western nations deploy forces to Darfur, but has shown more support for troops and monitors being sent by the African Union, which currently has about 80 military observers in Darfur protected by just over 300 soldiers.

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