Chronology: Sudan

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Apr. 18: The first cases of H5N1, a deadly strain of bird flu, were reported by Sudanese officials. The strain already had appeared in Egypt, where it was responsible for four deaths. [BBC, 4/18]

An international investigation concluded that pilot error was to blame for the helicopter crash that killed former Sudanese rebel leader John Garang. The crash came three weeks after Garang became Vice President of Sudan under an agreement to end over two decades of war in the country. [BBC, 4/18]

Apr. 27: US President George W. Bush ordered a freeze on the assets of anyone deemed to pose a threat to stability in the Darfur region. The sanctions also barred US citizens and companies from doing business with those whose assets had been frozen. [BBC, 4/27]

May 1: A midnight deadline for a peace agreement in the Darfur region passed without an agreement between the two sides. The Sudanese government already had agreed to sign the African Union-backed peace plan, although the two rebel groups, the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese Liberation Movement, remained without a common position. The peace plan called for pro-government Arab militias to be disarmed, and for rebel fighters to be incorporated into the Sudanese army. [BBC, 5/1]

May 5: A deadline for warring factions in Darfur, extended from the previous failed attempt at agreement, passed with only one faction of the Sudanese Liberation Movement and the Khartoum government signing on to the plan. The smallest rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, said it would not sign the document as their demands that rebels have the Vice President post and that Darfur have a greater share of Sudan's wealth were unmet. [BBC, 5/5]

May 8: The UN's top humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, was forced to flee a camp for people displaced by the Darfur conflict in Sudan after a march calling for protection from foreign troops flared into violence. …