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Normalized relations, ambassador on table
The U.S. also is looking at partner relationships with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and African Development Bank to see what can be done to ensure that the north is not destabilized by the loss of the south.
“We don’t want Khartoum to be exclusively on the losing end of this deal,” the official added.
Jendayi Frazer, who served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the George W. Bush administration, said it will be difficult for the Obama administration to improve relations with the north while there is a war taking place in Darfur.
“Without the resolution of Darfur, there is no way the Obama administration will be able to fully restore relations with Sudan,” said Ms. Frazer, who is currently an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Under the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act (DPAA), even if Khartoum were to fully implement the CPA, U.S. disincentives would remain in place because of the conflict in Darfur.
Sudan was added to the U.S. list in 1993 for harboring terrorists; at the time, Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network were based in Sudan. Recent U.S. assessments have found Sudan is no longer sponsoring terrorism.
Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican and co-chairman of the bipartisan Sudan Caucus in Congress, has been a longtime advocate for southern Sudan. He says the Obama administration must not rush to reward the north.
“You want to wait and see what happens with the elections and [the government in Khartoum’s] response. Not just their response the next day or the next week, but the next year,” Mr. Wolf said in a phone interview.
Gen. Bashir has made encouraging comments in recent weeks.
“It was such an act of political courage because there are a lot of very disgruntled people in the north who are upset with Omar Bashir for what they perceive to be the imminent loss of the south and partition of their country,” the senior U.S. official said.
“Despite knowing that, he went to the south and wrote the first chapter of what will be a new relationship between two eventual independent countries,” the official added.
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Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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