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Sudan's government and rebels ended talks on the country's troubled Darfur region Wednesday, with agreements on security and refugees but no pact on a long-term resolution to the violence.

A later round, expected in mid-December in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, would work on a political accord, delegates said.

Twenty-one months of violence in Darfur have left tens of thousands dead and driven 1.8 million refugees from their homes, international officials say.

Sudan's Arab-dominated government and tribal fighters who support it are accused of launching coordinated attacks on non-Arab farmers after two rebel groups rose up in February 2003. Sudan denies targeting civilians or allying with the so-called Janjaweed militia.

The talks ending Wednesday were the first of three rounds to reach even partial deals.

Sudan and the two main rebel groups signed two accords Tuesday, one promising aid organizations unfettered access to Darfur's displaced and the other banning "hostile" military flights over Darfur.

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