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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 16:38

Arab League on Tuesday called on the SPLM and NCP to conduct the referendum on southern Sudan self-determination on time and without delay. The League's envoy to Sudan, in remarks to the press at the premises of the Pan-Arab organization in Cairo, said that the date of the referendum is still under discussion between the two peace partners, Sudan Tribune website reported.He further said the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) set a firm date for the referendum on 9 January 20011. He pointed out that Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) adheres to the determined date while the National Congress Party (NCP) seeks to complete the procedures and find solutions to outstanding issues before the date of the referendum. Ambassador Salah Halima voiced that the Arab League hopes the ongoing efforts lead to hold the referenda in a timely manner and in an atmosphere of transparency and integrity in a way to enable southerner Sudanese to exercise their right. Abul-Gheit said that it is important for the two CPA partners to agree on a clear approach leading them to hold it with transparency, integrity and freedom. He underlined the need to agree on the steps forward after the referendum.

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