The Sudanese government, which has been accused of holding up aid in the Darfur area, signed an agreement yesterday with the United Nations pledging to give humanitarian groups better access to the region.

Under the deal, the Khartoum government would speed up visas for humanitarian workers and take other measures that the United Nations has been pressing for.

…The Sudanese government reiterated it would adopt “fast track” measures to help aid groups with their work, a term it has been using since the first of such agreements was signed in 2004.

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