President Bush says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will go to the U.N. Security Council Tuesday to push for rapidly deploying U.N. peacekeepers to Sudan's Darfur region.
During a televised statement on Monday on the situation in Sudan, the president said U.S. officials are identifying countries able to contribute troops to the peacekeeping effort.
Mr. Bush said he has asked Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir to express clear support for allowing U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur.
Mr. Bush also asked Congress to approve 225 million dollars in aid for Sudan. He said he has already ordered emergency food aid shipments to the region.
Mr. Bush praised the recent Darfur peace agreement, but he said Sudan is still far from the ultimate goal of returning home millions of people displaced by violence.
The president urged the international community to contribute to aid and rebuilding efforts.
The United Nations has said that funding shortages would force it to cut food rations for more than six million people in Sudan. But Mr. Bush said Monday that U.S. aid pledges should prevent a shortfall.
He also said the United States would participate in an upcoming Dutch-led reconstruction conference for Sudan.