SUDAN / SECURITY COUNCIL MISSION KHARTOUM

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A UN Security Council delegation visiting Sudan says there is a strong political will from the signatories to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 to fully respect the outcome of referenda due to be held in January 2011. UNMIS

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DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2010, KHARTOUM, SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, exterior of hotel in Khartoum
2. Med shot, flags
3. Cutaway, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lyall Grant, British Ambassador to the United Nations:
“What is required now is for those commitments to be turned into action on the ground. As I mentioned, there are still many issues to be resolved and time is short – and therefore it is vitally important that that commitment is implemented and that we see a real dynamism on the part of both parties to tackle those issues so that those commitments are fully upheld. The international community can help, but it is the two parties who are responsible for the holding of the referendum and making sure that those commitments are upheld.”
4. Close up, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
5. Med shot, UN official
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lyall Grant, British Ambassador to the United Nations
“Clearly there is some slippage in the timelines that are set, and therefore the timelines are extremely tight between now and January the 9th in order that those processes are gone through. We particularly focussed on the question of registration that is a crucial part of this process and that registration process I understand will now begin on the 14th of November. Now it is extremely important that enough time is given to the registration process so that it is a credible process and that all those that are entitled to vote in the process are able to vote.”
7. Wide shot, journalists


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A UN Security Council delegation visiting Sudan on Saturday said there is a strong political will from the signatories to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005, to fully respect the outcome of referenda due to be held in January 2011.

Speaking just before their departure from Khartoum, Mark Lyall Grant, British Ambassador to the United Nations said that both parties were committed to holding the referendum on time and in peaceful and credible manner.

“What is required now is for those commitments to be turned into action on the ground. As I mentioned, there are still many issues to be resolved and time is short – and therefore it is vitally important that that commitment is implemented and that we see a real dynamism on the part of both parties to tackle those issues so that those commitments are fully upheld. The international community can help, but it is the two parties who are responsible for the holding of the referendum and making sure that those commitments are upheld,” said Mark Lyall Grant, British Ambassador to the UN Security Council.

A four-day visit to Sudan by the delegation saw them visit Juba, Darfur and Khartoum, where they met senior government officials including the President of the Government of Southern Sudan who is also the First Vice President Salva Kirr, the Second Vice President of Sudan Ali Osman Taha, members of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission, some members of the civil society and the Humanitarian Community among others.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lyall Grant, British Ambassador to the United Nations
“Clearly there is some slippage in the timelines that are set, and therefore the timelines are extremely tight between now and January the 9th in order that those processes are gone through. We particularly focussed on the question of registration that is a crucial part of this process and that registration process I understand will now begin on the 14th of November. Now it is extremely important that enough time is given to the registration process so that it is a credible process and that all those that are entitled to vote in the process are able to vote.”

On 9 January the southern Sudanese will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country, while the residents of the central area of Abyei are expected to vote on whether to be part of the north or the south.

The referenda will be the final phase in the implementation of the CPA, which was signed in 2005 to end two decades of warfare between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south.

The Council’s visit is a follow-up to last month’s high-level meeting on Sudan held under UN auspices in New York that produced a communiqué calling on the international community to respect the outcome of the referenda if they meet those stipulated criteria.

“Clearly there is some slippage in the timelines that are set, and therefore the timelines are extremely tight between now and January the 9th in order that those processes are gone through. We particularly focussed on the question of registration that is a crucial part of this process and that registration process I understand will now begin on the 14th of November. Now it is extremely important that enough time is given to the registration process so that it is a credible process and that all those that are entitled to vote in the process are able to vote,” said the British Ambassador.

In addition, the delegation said there were crucial pending issues that needed to be tackled, like issues on Abyei, funding, citizenship border demarcation and sharing of revenues.
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