US ramps up civilian task force in Sudan in preparation for referendum

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US ramps up civilian task force in Sudan in preparation for referendum

America is undertaking a "major ramp-up" of a civilian task force in southern Sudan amid fears of violence before a referendum that is likely to split the country.

Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
Published: 9:00PM BST 26 Oct 2010


A team from the newly formed US Civilian Response Corps is building a significant presence across the southern half of the African country.

There is a possibility civil war could break out between the Christian south and Muslim north after the referendum in January which will decide by a simple majority whether southern Sudan becomes the world's newest sovereign state

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph Ambassador Robert Loftis, the Civilian Response Corps chief, who is directly answerable to the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said he was sending teams around the region to "observe, report and monitor".

Southern Sudan produces 480,000 barrels-a-day of oil and if an agreement on sharing the wealth is not amicably resolved with the north the country could return to the civil war that ended in 2005 after 21 years and the loss of almost two million lives.

Ambassador Loftis said the presence of his team will be able to call in "larger organisations to come in and help" to prevent bloodshed.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/sudan/8087864/US-ramps-up-civilian-task-force-in-Sudan-in-preparation-for-referendum.html

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Re: US ramps up civilian task force in Sudan in preparation for referendum
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 07:15:18 AM »
And in an effort to make sure the country splits up:

World Bank Would Aim for Rapid Membership for Independent Southern Sudan
By Alan Boswell - Sep 4, 2010 6:22 PM GMT+0300

The World Bank would work to make a newly independent Southern Sudan a member “speedily,” paving the way for the undeveloped region to gain international financing it does not qualify for now, a top bank official said.

more:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-04/world-bank-would-aim-for-rapid-membership-for-independent-southern-sudan.html