France urges Sudan's parties to accept referendum result

Paris, France (PANA) – France on Wednesday urged all Sudanese parties to accept the results of Sunday's referendum in South Sudan.

The deputy spokesperson for the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mrs Christine Fages, said at a press briefing in Paris that honouring the commitments made within the framework of the 2005 inter-Sudanese agreement would have an impact on the development of French-Sudanese ties.

“Since the beginning of the process, we have been calling for the implementation by all parties of the global North-South peace deal signed in January 2005 and the acceptance of the referendum results by all,” she said.

The inter-Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed on 9 January 2005 in Nairobi, Kenya, sets a referendum giving South Sudanese the choice between remaining in the federation of Sudan or attaining independence.

President Omar El-Bashir speaking on Tuesday in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, vowed to respect the results of the referendum.
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05 janvier 2011 20:00:45

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