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|November 8, 2010|
"U.S. offers Sudan quicker route off terror list"
By Andrew Quinn
WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) The United States will drop Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as early as July 2011 if Khartoum ensures two key referendums take place on schedule in January and the results are respected, senior U.S. officials said on Sunday.
U.S. President Barack Obama made the offer through Senator John Kerry, who recently told Sudan's leaders the United States was ready to "decouple" the issue of Darfur from Khartoum's terror designation to win cooperation on the January polls, the officials said.
"We like to consider this a pay-for-performance operation", one [senior U.S.] official said.