Statement by Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the general elections in Sudan

April 21, 2010

  1. Voting for the general elections in Sudan was conducted from April 11 to 15. The elections are critically important from the viewpoint of achieving implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) concluded in January 2005.

  2. Election observation teams from a number of countries including Japan as well as international organizations were deployed in various parts of Sudan for the general elections. As technical and substantive problems concerning the organization of the elections have been raised, Japan wishes that any reasonable appeals that are submitted will be addressed fairly and in accordance with appropriate procedures. At the same time, Japan appreciates that the elections were conducted with the broad participation of the Sudanese people and in largely peaceful circumstances, despite their complexity and the difficulties posed by the extended areas of operation in which much of the polling took place.

  3. Japan considers it essential that, based on the results of these elections, all parties concerned continue to promote democratization in Sudan and make further efforts for the implementation of the CPA and the realization of peace in Darfur. Japan will maintain its active cooperation to these ends.

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