UN satisfied with referendum process

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA)   –  U.N. Secretary General's Representative for Southern Sudan Referendum, Mr. Benjamin Mkapa, on Tuesday visited Western Sudan's Darfur region and said he was satisfied with the voting in the referendum.

During a visit to Nyala, South Darfur, Mr Mkapa, who is the former President of Tanzania, "expressed his satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the referendum," a press statement by the United Nations said.

The UN Secretary General expressed the hope that “the outcome would be accepted by all”.

It said Mr. Mkapa was briefed by the Chairman of the State High Committee for the Referendum, Mr. Suleiman Abdulrahim Suleiman and the Deputy Governor of South Darfur, Mr. Abdul Karim Musa Abdul Karim.

The statement quoted the referendum official as saying the process was “peaceful”.

The week-long referendum is giving the opportunity to Southern Sudanese to determine whether to have independence of continue to be part of Sudan.
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11 january 2011 22:14:10

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