Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who is in Sudan as a referendum observer, is pictured after meeting Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum

 
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who is in Sudan as a referendum observer, is pictured after meeting Sudan
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (C), who is in Sudan as a referendum observer, is pictured after meeting Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum January 8, 2011. North and South Sudan could join forces in a European Union-style pact if southerners vote to secede in Sunday's independence referendum, Al-Bashir said in an interview on Friday. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah (SUDAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)