Sudan’s terror-list removal untied from Darfur

From The Washington Post, February 8, 2011:

The Obama administration intends to remove Sudan from a U.S. terrorist blacklistregardless of progress in the conflict-riddled province of Darfur. The move is likely to anger some members of Congress and human rights activists.

The Darfur Peace and Accountability Act (DPAA) requires the government of Sudan to resolve the conflict in Sudan‘s western province before the nation can be removed from the terrorism list.

“The Obama administration, for the purposes of this designation, will delink this listing from Darfur,” a senior U.S. official told The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter.

“We have told the Sudanese that what we intend to do is to waive the application of the DPAA in this regard should they fulfill all requirements of the [Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005],” he added.

The peace pact ended two decades of civil war between the Muslim north and the largely Christian and animist south. About 2 million people were killed in the fighting.

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