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The U.N. Security Council must threaten to use its "stick" as well as offer "carrots" to speed up settlement of the 21-year civil war in Sudan and the 20-month conflict in Darfur, the top U.N. envoy to Sudan says.

Jan Pronk urged the council Thursday to turn its upcoming meeting on Sudan into "an event which really is decisive in influencing the events on the ground." The council is scheduled to meet Nov. 18-19 in Nairobi, Kenya.

U.S. Ambassador John Danforth, the current council president, said a resolution which members will adopt in Nairobi will "present the concept of the carrot -- namely that the international community will be there for Sudan if there is peace."

But if there is no peace, he said, the council will make clear that "nothing good is going to come to the various groups."

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