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Sudan: Assessment and Evaluation Commission rules out delay of referendum

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The Assessment and Evaluation Commission of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ruled out any postponement of the referendum. Addressing the press on Thursday in Khartoum, Chairman of the Commission, Derek Plumbly, said the date has been firmly set in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and now also set in the Referendum Law.

At the same time he urged the two partners in the Government of National Unity (GoNU) to establish the Referendum Commission. Plumbly said the Commission is currently defining its tasks. He stressed the importance of getting the Referendum Commission up and running and to start funding for the Referendum to prevent the same experiences met during the electoral process.

Plumbly called on the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to resort to dialogue to resolve outstanding issues in the peace deal. The Assessment and Evaluation Commission released the 2010 report on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on Thursday.