US: Sudan could be taken off sponsor of terrorism list

November 8, 2010 11:12

The United States offered to take Sudan off of its state sponsors of terrorism list as early as July 2011 if Khartoum implements two important referendums in January, US officials said Sunday according to Reuters.

One official was quoted as saying, "We like to consider this a pay-for-performance operation." US officials maintained hope that the offer to end the Sudan's isolation imposed by its inclusion on the US state terror list would convince Khartoum to begin taking necessary measures to ensure that the January votes proceed as scheduled, reported Reuters.

The two referendums in question on January 9 could bring about the secession of southern Sudan secede, becoming Africa's newest country, and could decide whether the contested oil-rich territory of Abyei becomes part of the north or the south.

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