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Russia will accept referendum outcome if north and south satisfied, envoy says


December 27, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Russian envoy to Sudan, Mikhail Margelov, has declared that his country will accept the outcome of south Sudan’s referendum vote on independence if it is recognized by domestic partners and the international community, less than two weeks since he was reported to have held secret talks with South Sudanese officials in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv.

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Russian envoy Mikhail Margelov (Getty Images)

“Russia will accept the results of the south Sudan independence referendum if it is recognized by the sides themselves and by the international community,” Mikhail Margelov told a news conference in Moscow on Monday.

The semi-autonomous region of South Sudan is hurtling towards a referendum on January 9, 2011 when its citizens, who mostly follow Christianity or traditional beliefs, will choose whether or not they wish to retain unity with the predominantly Muslim north Sudan.

The plebiscite is a key plank of the 2005’s peace deal which ended nearly half a century of intermittent civil war between the south and the north.

All indications suggest that south Sudan secession is a fait accompli and will be promptly recognized by the international community.

However, there are fears that the ruling National Congress Party in north Sudan may not recognize the results or attempt to discredit them, an action that could reignite civil war between the two sides.

According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the Russian envoy said his country would be ready to recognize the “results that satisfy both the north and the south.”

Margelov, who also serves as head the International Affairs Committee at the Federation Council of Russia, said he wishes if north and south Sudan could preserve the unity of the country.

But if a decision is taken in favor of secession, Margelov said he hoped it would be “peaceful and civilized.”

Last week, an Israeli news website reported that Margelov on 16 December held secret talks with South Sudanese officials in Tel Aviv. According to the website, the meeting’s agenda was the referendum.

Earlier this year, Margelov riled southern Sudanese when he warned of a failed state in south Sudan, saying that his country does not wish to see a “new Somalia” emerging in the region.


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  • 28 December 2010 06:38, by Bol Deng

    Can North Sudan afford zillions of wars? I doubt, we are ready for you guys. Whether you like it or not,we South Sudanese will be irritating grass at your butt if you are going to reject our favorable outcome. The better you leave as peacefully other this country is going to be in billion years in war. South Sudan are capable to doing anything that they like in Sudan and there is no question that can prevent them from secede whether a war. Caution!

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    • 28 December 2010 07:19, by padiit gaga

      Southsudan is equalify to ruled themselves,this is time for southsudan to be independent country wether by vote or by war. If Russia thought south could be like Somalia it is wrought understanding if it mean it, unless the support unity that is reason the claimed sudan would be like Somalia if south is separated from North. it aliar to supporter of Unity. separation is vision of Southerness.

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    • 28 December 2010 18:18, by Malish Martin

      What if the partners within refused to accept? statements like "i wish both south and north work towards the unity of Sudan" by Russia has exposed your intend as well as your knowledge base of the Sudanese problem. margrove or what ever you call your self, it is absolutely non of your business to say who should recognise our independence before you do, with or without your recognition, we shall exist and lead a more viable and prosperious nation.

      You see as an envoy, you need to read and understand the root causes of the conflicts in Sudan which has been ragging on of decades! instead of being driven by your interest for oil regardless of the consequences on the true owners of the resources you joined in exploiting with your partner the NCP. you are so mad with your interest in Sudan that the genocide in Darfur is non existant in your view and the suffering in South Sudan is not worth paying attention. watch out!!

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  • 28 December 2010 07:46, by Bol Bol

    The current political climate in the in the North indicated that they are already dissatisfied with South Sudan likelihood of seceding will that still illegitimatize the referenda final outcome as far as Russia concern?

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  • 28 December 2010 08:13, by James Garang

    I know Russia are a business people who like to sell their Jets to Al Bashir to finish us in the South Sudan so that our oil will remain with them for their richness.
    I tell you Margelov if we vote and we win our independent and the North reject that right and you are also accept what the North Sudan said. please I tell you come with your jets of Russia to fight with us and we are accept to die. we do not want to be under Arab Muslim regime again after 9 January 2011. please I am not happy with your statement as you said that your country will accept South Sudan’s referendum vote on independence if it is recognized by domestic partners. which kind of the parners that are you talking about. Is it NCP your party? please do not involve in our problem let us have our own friendship with you people of Russia apart from Arab Muslim in North Sudan

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    • 28 December 2010 08:59, by Kolnyang youth

      Russia recognition dose not give anything Southerners and the choice is for South Sudanese who have decided to vote for separation .
      without consultation from any country ./

      Bor town the beginning of liberation struggle

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      • 28 December 2010 09:58, by Genuine Leader

        Goss must create bilateral relations with Russia, in order to grantee Russia interests in south Sudan.

        Genuine Leader, future leader war without border with Jalaba if’ unity expose onto spla.

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