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Bashir expresses hope for unity in 2011 referndum, promises Darfur peace

January 3, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, today expressed hope that southern Sudanese will vote for unity in a self-determination referendum scheduled to take place in January next year.

Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (AFP)Speaking at the celebration of 54th anniversary of independence Al-Bashir praised to efforts exerted by his government to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and slammed those who are bidding on obstacles encountered during its implementation.

"Days are going towards the holding of elections (…) and will come the date of referendum where (people) have to say their word without pressure. We hope, with determination, that unity would be the fruit of peace and its biggest reward," he said

He further said that 2010 would be a year to boost confidence to the maximum, adding that Sudan has overcome in the past few days major challenges from which it came out with agreements related to laws of free choice.

"If the unity was an expression of what we look forward to, we want it to be a unity that equals the efforts made in its cause... a unity in which the citizens are equals in rights and duties," Bashir stressed.

The two peace partners the National Congress (NCP) and the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have managed to avert a major political crisis that was caused by disagreements on a package of laws required to be passed by the parliament to adhere with the CPA delievrables.

This incluced the South Sudan and Abyei referndum law? as well as popular consultation bill for South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

On Darfur, the Sudanese president promised to ink a peace deal with the rebels in the foresseble future.

"We promise you that the peace circle will be complete, God willing, so as to be a really comprehensive peace that will soon be enjoyed by the beloved parts of Darfur and its steadfast and generous people" Bashir said.

He referred to the upcoming Darfur peace talks hosted by Qatar and supported by the African Union and the Arab League, along with other international players.

The Sudanese president said the whole world, with the exception of a few with a ulterior motives, had acknowledged that Darfur is now more or less peaceful.

Referring to the International Criminal Court indictment against him, Al-Bashir said the people of Sudan had taught "the arrogant" lessons in defiance and patriotism when they tried to harm its sovereignty by targeting him.

(ST)