November 03, 2010 - U.S. diplomats pressed for a breakthrough on stalled plans for a referendum on southern Sudanese independence in January. VOA's Carolyn Turner reports.
BBC News,8 November 2010; US offers to remove Sudan early from state terror list:
The United States has told Sudan it will remove it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, if January's referendum on southern independence is conducted transparently and on time.
The offer, delivered by Senator John Kerry (picture), was part of a proposal to help resolve disputes over the referendum.
Southern Sudanese politicians have insisted that the vote must go ahead.
A vote is also supposed to be held on whether the oil-rich region of Abyei should join the north or the south.
The two referendums are the result of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the 21-year civil war between north and south, which left an estimated 2 million people dead.
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