The Sudanese government and Darfur rebel groups signed new security and humanitarian accords Tuesday aimed at ending violence in the troubled region and guaranteeing aid groups access to 1.6 million refugees displaced by the conflict.
The Sudanese army and police on Tuesday surrounded several refugee camps in the war-torn region of Darfur, blocking access to humanitarian groups, United Nations officials said.
The number of dead resulting from the crisis in Sudan's western Darfur region since March has topped 70,000, the United Nation's chief health official said Friday.
A Sudanese official attending peace talks with opposition rebel leaders in Abuja Monday rejected a proposal by members of the African Union to deploy troops to the Darfur region of Sudan to help protect civilians and disarm rebels.
As the United Nations tries to negotiate a political peace with the Sudanese government to end violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, international relief agencies are battling to contain an already critical humanitarian emergency.
The United Nations adopted a watered-down U.S.-drafted resolution on Friday demanding Sudan disarm and prosecute Arab militias or face economic and diplomatic actions.
The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved a resolution calling the conflict in which Arab militias in the Darfur region of Sudan have been accused of mass rape, murder and other atrocities against black Africans, genocide.
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