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UN: Darfur Conditions Continue to Worsen


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned of a "descent into lawlessness" in Sudan's Darfur region, including looting and attacks against relief workers.

In a new report to the U.N. Security Council, Mr. Annan said more than three million people are in need of humanitarian aid in the western Sudanese region.

He says the absence of a lasting peace deal for Darfur is worsening living conditions in the area, even though deaths from clashes between government forces and rebels have declined.

Mr. Annan called on Sudan's government and Darfur rebels to work toward peace, ahead of a new round of talks set for next week.

One of Darfur's main rebel groups has asked to postpone the August 24 talks, sponsored by the African Union.

Some Information for this report provided by AFP.