UN terms Sudan elections as benchmark in CPA implementation

10:33, April 21, 2010      

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The United Nations on Tuesday said Sudan's general elections were an important benchmark in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), between northern and southern Sudan.

UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Sudan (UN SGSR) Haile Menkerios made the remarks following a meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

"We are satisfied that despite all the problems ... the process went on peacefully," Menkerios told reporters.

He further declined to give an assessment of the Sudanese elections, saying that the UN's role was only to provide technical and logistical assistance and the elections were purely Sudanese own affairs.

He said he reviewed with the Sudanese president preparations of the two parties to the CPA, namely the National Congress Party ( NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), for the referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan, set for January 2011.

He said Bashir had reassured him that the NCP was ready to conduct the referendum.



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