Witnesses of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in Joint Statement, Confirm Acceptance of Referendum's Result in Favour of Southern Sudan's Secession
Following is the text of a joint statement issued by witnesses to the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement for Sudan [African Union, Egypt, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Italy, Kenya, League of Arab States, Netherlands, Norway, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Nations, United States], today, 8 February:
We, the countries and organizations that witnessed the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, welcome the conclusion of the Southern Sudan referendum and the announcement of the final result by the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission on 7 February 2011. We congratulate the parties to the CPA and the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission on a successful referendum process, and we welcome the acceptance of the result by the Government of Sudan. We have noted the positive statements by international and domestic observers which confirm that the referendum was credible, peaceful, and met international standards. We have also taken note of the statement by the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Monitoring Panel on 16 January that the process allowed the people of Southern Sudan to express their will freely. In view of these assessments, we confirm our acceptance of the result of the referendum in favour of the secession of Southern Sudan.
We commend both CPA parties for the leadership they have demonstrated. We call on them to redouble their efforts to reach agreement on the outstanding CPA and post-referendum issues, with the facilitation of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel. The status of Abyei must be resolved in a way that respects the rights and interests of affected populations. Popular consultations in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states should also be conducted in a timely and inclusive manner. Finally, we urge the parties to continue to work together in the remaining months of the CPA to put in place arrangements on security, citizenship, international treaties, economics, and natural resources, which provide the basis for two stable, secure, and economically prosperous States living in peace with one another and their neighbours.
We emphasize our commitment to the establishment of long-term peace, security and prosperity for all of the peoples of Sudan. As witnesses to the CPA, we recognize the critical importance of continued close cooperation between Northern and Southern Sudan and we underline our willingness to continue to provide international support to this end.
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