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

January 11, 2011
Japanese

  1. Japan welcomes that polling has started for the Southern Sudan Referendum as scheduled on January 9. The referendum holds great significance as a historic step towards the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) concluded between Northern and Southern Sudan in 2005.

  2. In order to promote the consolidation of peace in Sudan, it is important that the referendum is carried out in a free, fair, and peaceful manner. From this perspective, Japan intends to contribute to ensuring the voting process through its monitoring mission that has been dispatched to the country, in cooperation with relevant countries and organizations.

  3. Japan expects that, if the referendum is carried out in a free, fair, and peaceful manner, the interested parties of Northern and Southern Sudan will accept its results and continue working together as partners for the consolidation of peace in Sudan.
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