China lauds peaceful election in Sudan

18:38, April 20, 2010      

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China on Tuesday lauded the multi-party general elections held in Sudan from April 11 to 15, saying they were conducted in a smooth and orderly way.

The election marked a significant step in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for North and South Sudan, and it also boded well for national reconciliation and unity, said Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Jiang Yu at a regular news briefing.

China dispatched an observation mission to Sudan to observe the general elections held last week, which were the first multi-party elections in the country since 1986, according to Jiang.

Jiang said China was glad to see the election conducted in a smooth and orderly manner, and believed that the success of the election was conducive to advancing the peace process in the country as well as the realization of peace, stability and development of the region.

"China is ready to work with the international community to continue to play a positive and constructive role in promoting the peace process in Sudan," Jiang said.

Around 16 million Sudanese cast their vote in the elections, put in place by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement inked between North and South Sudan in January 2005.

Source: Xinhua


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