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NCP official urges int’l community to fulfill commitments to south Sudan referendum

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August 30, 2010 (KHARTOUM) - A senior Sudanese official has appealed to the international community to fulfill its commitments towards south Sudan’s referendum on self-determination and contribute to monitoring the process.

Presidential Adviser Salah Gosh, speaks to the press, as the SPLM secretary general Pagan Amum (R), listens on in Khartoum, on August 30, 2010 (Getty)

Under the aegis of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended decades of civil war between north and south, southern Sudanese are due to vote in a referendum in January 2011 on whether to remain united with the north or form an independent nation.

The presidential adviser for national security affairs and former intelligence chief, Salah Gosh, was quoted by Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, yesterday as calling on the international community to fulfill its commitments to holding south Sudan’s referendum in a fair and free manner as well as contributing to the process of observation and monitoring in order to enable southern citizens to cast their votes freely and fairly.

Following a meeting held yesterday in Khartoum between the joint NCP-SPLM political committee and the AU high-level panel on CPA implementation, Gosh said that the two partners are in agreement that south Sudan’s referendum should go ahead as planned in January 2011 provided that the process be fair and free.

“We believe that the border demarcation process can be finalized before the referendum,” Gosh told reporters.

Gosh was appointed yesterday to head a joint taskforce between the NCP and the SPLM to discuss ways of resolving the current political deadlock over the demarcation of north-south borders as well as the appointment of the commission tasked with organizing a referendum on Abyei disputed area.

In what appears to be a retraction of his earlier statements on July 31 saying that the ruling issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the boundaries of the oil-producing area of Abyei “did not resolve the dispute”, Gosh said that Abyei issue had been settled and that the NCP was committed to the ruling.

He added that the peace partners would engage in a direct dialogue over the next two days to reach a settlement that satisfies all sides regarding the disputed oil-producing area of Abyei.

According to Abyei Protocol in the CPA, the area’s residents are due to vote in a simultaneous referendum to that of south Sudan to decide whether to remain part of the north or join the south if it secedes. The formation of Abyei referendum commission remains stalled.

(ST)

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  • 31 August 2010 14:10, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Cdr,Pagan Amum is the last born Child of Our Hero Dr John Garang De Mebior,for sure Last born child alway have all the blessing of the parents,with Talent the way Cdr Pagan talk,every body like it,to the point and on the point.If one seconded me on one of the story literature book by title King Solomon Mine.Which talk on King Twala,the one eye,the Black,the terrible man.
    Salah Ghost almost have all the quality but only the colour.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

  • 31 August 2010 17:18, by Marco Nyak

    CDR Pagan Amum is true leader of South Sudan.

    In first democratic election after independent of south Sudan, we will vote Pagan Amum as president of South Sudan.

    • 31 August 2010 17:33, by Ghor

      Dear Readers,

      In the CPA, it is not mentioned that the govt of Sudan (NCP) and SPLM should compaign for Unity. Instead, they should make unity attractive by providing development during 6 years of interim period, tangible dividends not word of mouth can make unity attractive. Thus, compaigning for unity when you have failed to make it attractive and then resort to compaign is a violation of CPA article.

      Compaigning is not in the CPA please!

      Ghor

    • 1 September 2010 07:50, by James Wieu Mayol

      I respect your opinion and rights, your a truely bi-partistan but don’t count your eggs before they...it is too late for nominee to that post yet. We are desperate for demarcation, democratic, equality and justice in both South and North Sudan. I hope when the time comes, we will have the unity for all and believe our selves for better franchise to vote so. But any how let us be togather for now on wards.



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