Sudan referendum: UN Secretary-General commends process

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended what he described as the “leadership, wisdom and concerted efforts” by the Sudanese parties in going ahead with the referendum to determine whether or not Southern Sudan separates from the country.

“On the eve of the referendum for the self-determination of the people of Southern Sudan, the Secretary-General commends
the Government of National Unity of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan for their leadership, wisdom, and concerted
efforts in ensuring that the referendum is held, as scheduled, on 9 January 2011, in an atmosphere of peace and cooperation,” a UN
statement made available to PANA here said.

The statement said the Secretary-General also commends the work of the South Sudan Referendum Commission in Khartoum and its
bureau in Juba, and “expresses his gratitude to all international partners, including those that have deployed observer missions, for
their support to this process. “  

It said the Secretary-General urges the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to continue to do everything necessary to
ensure free, fair, and secure polling.  

''The United Nations will continue for its part to provide full support to the referendum process and to the implementation of the Comprehensive
Peace Agreement.

“The Secretary-General calls on all the people of Sudan to observe this occasion in the spirit of brotherhood and peace,” the statement said.
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09 january 2011 12:49:03

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