AUPSC delegation embarks on talks with officials in Khartoum

22:20, December 16, 2010      

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A delegation of the African Union 's Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on Thursday started a series of talks in Khartoum to get acquainted with the ongoing arrangements for south Sudan referendum and the situation in Sudan 's Darfur region.

The delegation held talks on Thursday with Chairman of South Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil and got acquainted with the preparations for the conduction of the referendum, slated for Jan. 9, 2011.

"From what we have heard from the commission chairman, things seemed to be very well in spite of the fact that there are quite a few obstacles," Ambassador Amadou Ndiaye, Mali's representative to the AUPSC and head of the delegation, told reporters here Thursday.

"The commission is of the view that by the time the date of the referendum comes; all these obstacles will be overcome. What is important for the AUPSC is for this referendum to take place in a very credible context," he added.

The AUPSC delegation, meanwhile, met the Sudanese Presidential Adviser and the government official in charge of the Darfur file, Ghazi Salahuddin, to get acquainted with the situations in Sudan's Darfur region.

Following the meeting, Salahuddin told reporters that he briefed the delegation on the latest developments in Darfur.

"I have acquainted the delegation with the overall situation in Darfur, progress of the peace negotiations hosted by the Qatari capital of Doha and the government's new strategy on Darfur," said Salahuddin.

The AUPSC delegation started its visit to Sudan from Juba, south Sudan, where members of the delegation met officials of south Sudan government and leaders of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) before arriving in Khartoum.

Source: Xinhua
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