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Nigerian leader visits Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo flew to Sudan’s troubled Darfur region to assess the crisis there following talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Beshir, an AFP correspondent reported. “I came here to congratulate President Omar al-Beshir on the New Year and, in advance, on the peace agreement that will be signed tomorrow,” the Nigerian leader said Saturday, shortly before he left the Sudanese capital. Khartoum and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) are due on Sunday to sign an historic peace agreement in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to end the continent’s longest-running conflict, which has claimed some 1.5 million lives. But the deal does not cover the conflict in Darfur between ethnic minority rebels and the government in which tens of thousands have died and more than 1.6 million displaced. Full Story

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