Coming at a very critical stage in NCP-SPLM negotiations on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) issues, Mr Qazi said, these developments could have adverse implications for the implementation of the CPA. He emphasized the central importance of political rights and freedoms, especially in the lead-up to elections and referendum.
Welcoming the subsequent release of SPLM leaders as well as First Vice President Salva Kiir's call for calm and restraint, Mr. Qazi urged all concerned authorities to take effective measures to ensure that law and order is maintained and acts of political violence are prevented. He called on both parties to give the highest priority to bringing about a conducive political environment for the successful implementation of the CPA.
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