Germany is basically willing to send German troops into the Darfur region of Sudan to serve as peacekeepers there, the German government said on Monday. Government spokesman Thomas Steg said that the United Nations has asked all its member states if they are prepared to support a peacekeeping mission in the country torn by civil war. Berlin's decision on whether to do so, he said, would depend on the exact mission and scale of the operation. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on NATO and the European Union Sunday to take action in Sudan's Darfur region to end violence between ethnic minority rebels and government-backed forces. Annan hailed the work of the 1,850 African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, but said other international bodies must act as quickly as possible in a region where tens of thousands have died and 1.6 million have been displaced.