The United Nations refugee agency said Friday that it was investigating reports that as many as 18,000 Sudanese refugees, fleeing fresh attacks on their villages over the last week, had crossed over into the neighboring central African country of Chad. The latest influx, adding to the 95,000 Sudanese refugees already camped out near the Chad-Sudan border, suggests that fighting in the western Sudanese region called Darfur continues to intensify, even as peace talks seek to end Sudan’s other war, which has been going on for 20 years, between the government in Khartoum and rebels in the country’s south. According to news agency reports, the chief mediator for the talks said Friday that negotiations between the government and the southern rebels were inching forward and that they had reached agreement on the control of two out of three disputed areas — vital for any final accord. Full Story
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