Home | News    Sunday 10 April 2016

Administrative referendum will not be "credible expression" of Darfur will : U.S.

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

JPEG - 113.4 kb
SUDAN, Geneina : Sudanese children pose for a picture at the Abuzar camp near West Darfur state capital Geneina on February 2, 2016. (Photo AFP/ Ashraf Shazly)

April 9, 2016 (WASHINGTON) - The U.S. State Department on Saturday said holding a referendum to determine the administrative status of Darfur under the current conditions will not help to achieve peace in western Sudan region.

In a vote to take place on 11-13 April, Darfur’s resident are called to say if they want to re-establish one unified administration or to maintain the current five states.

The referendum is supported by the former rebel groups that become part of the federal government in Khartoum, but Darfur rebel groups and Sudanese opposition parties say peace should be prioritized before. But the government persists that the plebiscite is part of the signed peace agreements.

"The United States expresses serious concern regarding the Government of Sudan’s plans to conduct a referendum (..) over the political future of Darfur," said US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner.

"If held under current rules and conditions, a referendum on the status of Darfur cannot be considered a credible expression of the will of the people of Darfur. Moreover, it will undermine the peace process now under way," Toner further said.

The American diplomat explained the position of his government, pointing to insecurity in the region and "inadequate registration" of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as over 100.000 people have recently fled the fighting in Jebel Marra area.

"Furthermore, the Darfur Referendum Commission’s recent announcement that Darfurians residing outside of Darfur will be ineligible to vote disenfranchises millions of Darfurians, refugees, and IDPs," he emphasized.

Washington and the Troika countries on Friday called on four opposition group including two Darfur armed movements to join a roadmap for comprehensive peace and democratic reforms brokered by an African Union mediation team and signed by the Sudanese government on 21 March 2016.

The statement said that a viable peace in Sudan will only be attained through addressing the root-causes of Darfur conflict in a genuine national dialogue that include all Sudanese forces.
"The announced Darfur Referendum will contradict these key objectives and the broader goal of peace and stability in Darfur".

Some Darfurians members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) called to postpone the referendum saying the administrative status can be settled though the national dialogue process.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 10 April 2016 13:49, by Darkangel

    I think someone should tell the US to mind its own business and no one cares what they thing. First "inadequate registration" is a lie. The ppl they refer to in IDP camps refused to register, so calling it inadequate is crazy more like freedom of expression. Their choice. Just because 3 rebel groups dont agree isnt really an issue for the 40mil in Sudan.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Remove Sudan from the terror list 2020-02-19 07:04:27 By David L. Phillips Khartoum – Sudanese deserve to be rewarded for overthrowing the dictator Omar al-Bashir. Without a peace dividend, the economy will remain stagnant and shadowy forces from (...)

South Sudan: Revert strictly to 10 states 2020-02-16 15:56:54 By James Gatdet Dak Lampuar By unilaterally creating administrative areas---when the action is supposed to strictly revert the country to the constitutional 10 states----South Sudan's Presidency (...)

Does Kiir deserve our thanks for abolishing 32 states? 2020-02-16 11:44:03 By Duop Chak Wuol In October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree, expanding the original ten states to 28. In January 2017, Kiir issued another presidential order creating an additional (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.