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Russian and Sudanese presidents discuss referendum, bilateral relations


October 25, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Russia has showed today its interest to play a role in the resolution of the outstanding issues between the two Sudanese peace partners and organize a peaceful referendum that might affect the regional stability.

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President Dmitry Medvedev (Getty)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed Monday in a telephone conversation with his Sudanese counterpart Omer Al-Bashir the ongoing efforts to settle the row between the National Congress Party and the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement.

President Al-Bashir briefed Medvedev on the preparations to hold the southern Sudan referendum and stressed Khartoum commitment to hold it as scheduled next January.

For his part, Medvedev reaffirmed Russia readiness to continue its active efforts in cooperation with the international community to facilitate it. He further stressed that these efforts should be "unbiased and balanced, in order to facilitate constructive interaction with Khartoum", the Kremlin said in a press statement.

The official SUNA in Khartoum said the Russian President called to write off Sudan’s debit.

Sudan demands to cancel its debit as this issue is one of the outstanding issues the two partners of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement failed to settle.

The two presidents also agreed to develop trade and economic relations between the two countries. Medvedev further pledged to increase Russian investments in agriculture, mining and oil.

The Russian special envoy to Sudan, Mikhail Margelov, will visit Sudan next December to follow up the implementation of the issue discussed today by the two presents.


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  • 26 October 2010 07:12, by Anyang

    Russia need to remain silence if they are not prepared to see Southern Sudan gone with their rightful resources.

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  • 26 October 2010 10:02, by Akuma

    Russian president need to consider Southern Sudan referendum as potential and dedicated task for all Southerners. However, closing of all those debts have no effect to Southern Sudan government otherwise it is Sudan govvernment of Al-Bashir are to compensate all those debts.

    Sudan and Russia relationship is towards oil and manufacturing of nuclear weapon that would make Sudan as a country for their base of Nuclear weapons.

    Dr. Akuma

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    • 26 October 2010 15:24, by John M. Atem

      I thank Russian President for having promised to play constructive role in the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum.

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      • 26 October 2010 18:11, by Paul Ongee

        Thanks for the Russian’s stance on making Khartoum aware that referendum is held on time as scheduled. But Khartoum is sleepless not because of $35.7 billion debt that it wants to be shared with the South (GOSS) but the likely separation of South Sudan from the North, the issue of ICC and how soon it will be out of power when the Northern opposition parties start ganging on it after South is gone.

        Paul Ongee
        Khartoum, Sudan

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