Chinese envoy to Darfur affirms support to Sudan

08:29, July 07, 2010      

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Chinese special envoy to Darfur Liu Guijin on Tuesday reiterated his country's support to Sudan to remain united according to principles of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The Chinese envoy on Tuesday held talks with Sudanese State Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Mutrif Siddiq and Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti each apart.

"We are happy to see Sudan remains united, at the same time we will respect the choice and the option of the Sudanese people," Liu told reporters following his meeting with Ali Karti.

"At the same time, whatever happens, whatever the result of the referendum will be, we hope and we believe that peace and tranquility will prevail," he added.

The Chinese official went on to say that "we don't wish to see anyone to make prejudgment openly on the result of the referendum or even try to guide the result of the referendum because we think the referendum or the CPA are the mutual agreements of the Sudanese people. It is up to the Sudanese people, the whole Sudanese people, to decide."

He further expressed hope that the Sudanese could resolve the problems on the way to peace and political settlement, saying that "we hope that the relevant parties, particularly the two parties of the CPA, could, through their negotiations and talks, make mutual compromise for the interest of the Sudanese people as a whole, for the future of the country as a whole, resolve the problems on the way and to have a smooth referendum."

The Chinese envoy reiterated his call for the Darfur armed movements to join the peace negotiations, adding that "to remain outside the political process, wherever they are, however strong they feel themselves are, is not a good choice, because that is not serving the interest of the people and the crisis and the problem of Darfur have been there for too long."

"So from China, from our colleagues in the international community, we appeal to those who are still remaining outside the political process to join that political process, and time is not on their side. I don't think the patience of the government, or the international community, will be endless, so they have to come over to the negotiations," he said.

In the meantime, Liu praised the normalization of relations between Sudan and Chad, saying that "we are happy that the normalization between Sudan and Chad has been realized."

Meanwhile, the Chinese envoy condemned the repeated attack by banditry against United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur ( UNAMID) and humanitarian workers in Darfur.

"We condemned this criminal acts of attacking the UNAMID, the NGO humanitarian workers and the civilians, and we hope that more resolute measures be taken to bring those perpetrators to justice, and at the same time, we appeal, once again, in unified voice, to all the stakeholders to take on the political process," he said.



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