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US, Mexico, Central America officials meet to discuss obligations for aiding refugees

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 as refugees the Central American migrants who are fleeing violence in their homelands.

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."