NEW YORK - In a policy shift, the Obama administration says it plans to use a mix of incentives and pressure to seek an end to violence in Sudans Darfur region, according to The New York Times. The new policy, to be announced Monday, seeks to engage the Sudanese government rather than isolate it as President Barack Obama proposed during the 2008 campaign, the newspaper reported on Saturday. 'To advance peace and security in Sudan, we must engage with allies and with those with whom we disagree, said a statement of the policy obtained by the Times. The policy sets strict timelines for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to fulfil the conditions of a 2005 peace agreement his govt signed with rebels in southern Sudan. That agreement calls for a vote in 2011 on independence for southern Sudan. The new US policy, reached after lengthy debate, represents a softening of Obamas position since his Presidential campaign last year, when he urged tougher sanctions and a no-fly zone to prevent Sudanese jets from bombing villages in Darfur, according to The Washington Post. It said the policy would be announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice and the special envoy, Scott Gration. Rice pressed for a tougher line on Sudan, while Gration called for an easing of US sanctions, the paper added. The Post said the policy would address a dispute within the White House about how to describe the violence in the western region of Darfur. Washington will maintain that genocide is 'taking place there despite comments earlier this year by President Barack Obamas special envoy that Sudan was no longer engaging in mass murder in the region. UN officials say upto 300,000 people have died and more than 2 million have been driven from their homes in six years of ethnic and political violence in Darfur. Khartoum says 10,000 have died.