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Oct 13, 2010 11:19 AM by Associated Press

George Clooney asks Obama for commitments on Sudan

President Barack Obama met with activist-actor George Clooney at the White House Tuesday to discuss U.S. involvement in Sudan ahead of a critical election early next year in Africa's largest nation.

Clooney is asking the U.S. and international community to take steps to prevent violence ahead of an election that could ignite another civil war in Sudan.

The Jan. 9 vote is an independence referendum that is likely to split the country in two.

Following their meeting with Obama, Clooney and activist John Prendergast said they were impressed by the president's knowledge of the issues in Sudan and his commitment to containing violence before the election.

Prendergast is the cofounder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide.

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