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European Union Welcomes Sudan Government Respect to Referendum Result
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Feb 8, 2011 - 6:20:35 AM

European Union Welcomes Sudan Government Respect to Referendum Result


Khartoum, Feb. 7 (SUNA) - The European Union (EU) has commended the commitment of the government of Sudan to respect the result of south Sudan referendum, affirming its keenness to boost the efforts by the two partners of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for reaching agreement on all the pending issues in the CPA, the major issues pertinent to the post-referendum arrangements and preserving the ties between the North and the South


In a release it issued Monday, the European Union described the declaration of the referendum result as a historic event, expressing its appreciation of the people of southern Sudan and the partners of the CPA on the peaceful and credible conduct of the referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan


The EU said that despite many obstacles, South Sudan Referendum Commission was able to organize the referendum in a timely and credible manner as witnessed by the EU Electoral Observation Mission


The release stated that an overwhelming majority of the registered voters participated and resoundingly expressed their choice to establish an independent state


The EU pointed out that its respects the outcome of the referendum as a true reflection of the democratically expressed wishes of the people of southern Sudan


The statement indicated that the EU looks forward to further developing a close and long-term partnership with Southern Sudan which is set to become a new state once the CPA expires in July 2011


According to the press release, the EU will continue in the coming months to support the efforts of the parties to each agreement on all outstanding CPA issues and the key post-referendum arrangements that will sustain the North - South relationship in the long term


The release went to says that the EU will step up its dialogue with both North and South Sudan and is ready to play its part in supporting the development of the two viable states



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