New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is training the police in southern Sudan to enable them provide security for the upcoming referenda on the self-determination in the Sudanese region.
A UNMIS statement, made available to the Pan African News Agency (PANA) Tuesday, said: "Some 40 officers from the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS) have arri v ed in Juba to start the five-day course.
" The statement said the training, which is for the second batch of officers, was inaugurated by Ann-Marie Orler, Police Adviser and Director in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
It also stated that the training programme was organized by the SSPS, UN Police (UNPOL) and Norway.
"The training course has drawn a total of 120 officers from all 10 southern Suda nese states," the statement noted.
It said that at the end of the training, the police officers were expected to sh are their new skills with their colleagues when they returned to their bases.
The referenda is part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was sign ed in 2005 and formally ended two decades of civil war between the northern-base d government and the Sudan Peopleâ?s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the sou th.
Following the agreement, the SPLM formed the autonomous Government of Southern S udan.
Inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on 9 January next year on whether to sec ede from Sudan or remain united with the rest of the country.
On the same day, residents of Abyei area in central Sudan will vote separately o n whether to retain Abyeiâ?s special administrative status in the north or becom e part of southern Sudan.