US, Britain, Norway urge Sudan to step up referendum efforts

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The United States, Britain and Norway on Tuesday urged Sudanese leaders to step up efforts to hold on time referendums that could lead to the break-up of Sudan.

The three countries that are trying to preserve a 2005 peace agreement sent letters dated September 17 to Sudanese First Vice President Salva Kiir and Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha, commending progress on the issue.

But the letters said "there remains an enormous amount to be done and work must be accelerated to make up for lost time," according to a statement from the chief diplomats of the three countries.

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