Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Security Council has commended recent developments ahead of the referendum in Southern Sudan, particularly the visit by the Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir to the South where he reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful operation and a welcome of the outcome.
On Friday, the official Sudanese news agency quoted Sudanese representative at the United Nations as expressing appreciation for the statement.
The incumbent President of the UN Security Council for the month of January, Mr. Ivan Barbalić of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said members of the Security Council welcomed the Sudanese parties’ reaffirmation of their commitment to full and timely implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), including their commitment to respect the outcome of the southern Sudan referendum.
A press statement by Mr. Barbalić, said the Council “appreciate(s), in this regard, the statements by President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to Juba on 4 January, 2011, and by Vice President Salva Kiir in his 3 January, 2011, New Year message.
"The members of the Council reaffirm full support for the efforts of the parties.”
The statement said the members of the Security Council welcomed the progress made towards the holding of a peaceful and credible southern Sudan referendum that reflects the will of the people and commended in particular the work of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission.
It said the members of the Council looked forward to the start of voting on 9 January and urge the CPA parties to ensure that the 9–15 January voting process and subsequent counting and tabulation take place in an atmosphere of peace and calm, with ongoing reassurance that the rights, safety, and property of people of all nationalities in Sudan, including southerners in the north and northerners in the south, will be respected.
“The members of the Council reaffirm support for the work of the UN Secretary General’s Panel for the Referenda, led by President Benjamin Mkapa, already in the Sudan.
The statement, however, pointed out that the members of the Security Council noted “with deep concern” the absence of an agreement on Abyei.
“The members of the Council strongly urge the parties to quickly reach agreement on Abyei and to resolve critical post-referendum issues, including the border, security, citizenship, debts, assets, currency and natural resources.” It underlined.
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