Diplomats discuss obligations on aiding refugees

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Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 1:02 AM

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Officials from the U.S., Mexico and Central American nations have begun a two-day meeting in Nicaragua at which they are expected to discuss the possibility of treating Central American migrants fleeing violence in their homelands to be treated as refugees.

Migration and interior department representatives who met Thursday at a hotel in Managua declined to discuss the meeting's first day.

The agenda focuses on updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations that nations have to aid refugees.

Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees have said they hope a regional agreement on designating Central Americans migrants begins to be discussed at the meeting. Such a resolution would lack legal weight, but the agency says it believes "the U.S. and Mexico should recognize that this is a refugee situation."

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