New York, 7 January 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sudan – Start of the Southern Sudan referendumOn the eve of the referendum for the self-determination of the people of Southern Sudan, the Secretary-General commends the Government of National Unity of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan for their leadership, wisdom, and concerted efforts in ensuring that the referendum is held, as scheduled, on 9 January 2011, in an atmosphere of peace and cooperation.
The Secretary-General also commends the work of the South Sudan Referendum Commission in Khartoum and its bureau in Juba, and expresses his gratitude to all international partners, including those that have deployed observer missions, for their support to this process.
The Secretary-General urges the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to continue to do everything necessary to ensure free, fair, and secure polling. The United Nations will continue for its part to provide full support to the referendum process and to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
The Secretary-General calls on all the people of Sudan to observe this occasion in the spirit of brotherhood and peace.