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Gration calls on EU to provide monitors, funds for Sudan vote


January 11, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – Major General (Ret.) Scott Gration, the US presidential envoy to Sudan, in a meeting with the press today called on the European Union to send some 300 elections monitors to Sudan in time for the April nationwide elections.

Scott Gration (Getty Images)

Gration said "In terms of the near term, as we prepare for the elections, we would encourage the EU to provide the election monitors that have been discussed, upwards of 300, that will allow us to have the transparency, to have the monitoring that we need to ensure a credible election."

He was speaking at a briefing at the Washington Foreign Press Center in Washington, and via digital video conference with journalists in New York and South Africa.

Gration had met with EU officials in Brussels in December. Given his statement today, it appears that he already appealed to the EU to make a commitment in this regard, but he has not yet received a positive response.

"We really are requesting the EU to consider that very favorably. In addition to that, it will take a great deal of resources, financial resources, to be able to put this election on and the referendum on. Much of these resources will need to come from the international partners, of which the EU will be a significant donor. We urge them to become involved," he said.

The European Union’s representative to Sudan, Torben Brylle, has met with Gration on a number of occasions. During the year 2009, both men attended the so-called "E6" meetings of envoys from the EU, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. These took place in Doha, Moscow, and Abuja. They also met in London at a meeting with Canadian, French, Dutch, Norwegian and British officials.

Gration also spoke about long-term funding commitments. "In the long term, the development of the infrastructures that I talked about, the development of governance, of government that I discussed cannot be done without the participation of the Europeans and the European Union."

"We have very close relations with the Contact Group [Canada, the European Union, France, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States], with the Troika [Norway, the UK, and the US]. The Troika had a very important role in birthing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Naivasha in 2005, and we are working with Norway and the UK to continue to provide the support that the CPA needs to be fully implemented. But we believe that – so we believe that the European Union is an important partnership and a key element to ensuring that not only the elections and referendum take place as scheduled and in a credible way, but also that the future of Sudan continues to be bright," he said.

Registration for Sudan’s election was completed in early December. The US-based Carter Center provided international monitoring of the effort.

Also at the event, Gration denied that the US has pressured President Omar Al-Bashir not to stand for election to the presidency. He said, "as far as I know, we have not been involved in making any recommendations, recognizing that Sudan is a sovereign country and these parties can run themselves as they see fit and put up for contesting these positions anybody who they would like. And so I am not aware of any decisions on our part to try to change the outcome of what the NCP would decide in terms of their candidate for national government."


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  • 12 January 2010 05:49, by DASODIKO

    Please EU memebers,never throw your money to the dogs, unless you make sure that the reason for paying money is met. which free and fair elections would be conducted. Gration is nuts, he has been in Sudan 40 times he was not able to pressure the NCP to accept the primariy conditios for the free and fair elections, which is the security laws that allows the National congress party to detain its opponents at anytime they want.

    • 12 January 2010 08:45, by Master

      The problem is not with Gration. Stop blaming and criticizing anyone who is fair with North Sudan or NCP. The world is begging to see you Southerners as nothing but greedy children who keep crying whenever they don’t get what they want. Everyone is trying to get closed to North Sudan and the NCP these days. No one is going to listen to you nagging women anymore. You got you semi-autonomous South go ruin that to hell.

      The referendum is in 2011. 90% of Southerners are going to vote for an independent South Sudan. Stop wasting our time and money. Why do you care Our security and freedom of press laws are. That is the businesses of the North.


      • 12 January 2010 14:36, by Deng Thiak Adut

        So Called Master???You left me stunned with your sympathetic ill thinking. Where do I start Mister? First, let me ask you simple questions; what is the meaning of Khartoum in Arabic? And secondly what is the meaning of Kosti in Arabic? I be surprise if you don’t know you a thing, because the Sudan is not Arab Country even though you claimed to be an Arabic country. The above mentioned places, for your record, just ask Any Nuer or Dinka person, and they will tell you the closer meaning you could ever get from your grand-Arabs-parents.
        Now, for the record, Graton has no problem with South Sudan and he cannot mess her up because it is precious Country unlike dirty North. It is virgin unlike wh**re looking North. The South is the mother and I can assure you once again that, soon or later you will be begging us financially and spiritually since we are not affected by disease of a mind called Islam or Arabism. Ill health individual like you have no place in the country were the record shows that it is ours. Talking about everyone eyeing North, is bluntly idiotic claims. What is there in the desert to acquainted about? No resources, just bunches of rags wearing individual breathing their last breath to death.
        We got waters, which in no time, you will be paying for toilet water…. We can allow recyclable drinking water so you can see the how sweet it is. The South Sudan got everything, I mean everything a man could ever wishes for and you will be around to witness the greatest nation on earth… you will envy our power and shared determinations.
        There will be no wars or conflicts between: Mundari/Latoko/Bari/Dinka/Nuer/Murle/Taposa/Achol/Maardi/Kuku/Zande/ and so on and so forth. Please be around to witness the rise to the power by these greatest tribes.

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