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welcomed ongoing registration process towards Southern Sudan
Troika Statement on the Southern Sudan Referendum
Office of the Spokesman
December 1, 2010
The following is the text of a joint statement by the Sudan
Troika (United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) on the Southern
We congratulate the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission for
the ongoing registration process in Sudan as an essential milestone
towards the 9 January Referendum and full implementation of the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement. We welcome the peaceful and orderly
conduct of registration to date at nearly 3,000 registration
centers. We note the recent visit by the United Nations Secretary
General’s Monitoring Panel to Sudan and its recognition
of encouraging signs of progress.
We welcome the commitment to the timely conduct of the Referendum
and respect for its outcome, as reaffirmed by both parties to
the CPA at the IGAD Summit on 23 November. We underline the importance
of ensuring that the referendum reflects the will of the people
of Southern Sudan, and the responsibility of both parties to
address outstanding challenges, ensuring that their public commitments
are underpinned by practical action.
To that end, we recognize the vital importance of the ongoing
work of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, and urge the
parties to ensure the Commission is properly supported and to
respect the hard work and integrity of the Commission as it carries
out its historic tasks. In particular, we urge both parties to
ensure measures taken by the Commission in pursuit of a timely
referendum are approved as necessary through presidential or
legislative action, and publicly endorsed by the parties.
We call upon both parties, and the Governments of Sudan and
Southern Sudan, to take all necessary steps to ensure a campaigning
environment for the referendum free from intimidation and obstruction.
We urge both parties and governments to make clear that the rights
and safety of southerners living in the north and northerners
living in the south are fully protected throughout the referendum
process and beyond.
Our governments reaffirm their abiding commitment to completion
of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. We welcome the role of
President Mbeki in the ongoing political talks on the CPA and
post-CPA issues and the progress that has been made to date,
and we encourage further work to finalize the Framework Agreement.
We remain very concerned by the lack of agreement on Abyei. We
welcome the forthcoming resumption of talks between President
Bashir and First Vice President Kiir and we urge both parties
to reach urgent agreement on Abyei in a manner that reassures
communities on the ground that their rights will be protected
and maintains peace and stability in the area.
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