Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Russian, Sudanese Leaders Discuss Referendum in Sudan

Russian, Sudanese leaders discuss referendum in Sudan

08:48, October 26, 2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday discussed by phone with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al- Bashir the normalization of situation in this African country.

The Sudanese president gave a high remark to Russia's efforts on finding a solution to the situation, said a statement published on the Kremlin website.

In Jan. 2011, a referendum was planned in Sudan which would decide ways of further development for this divided nation.

Medvedev reiterated Russia's readiness to keep working on the Sudanese issue "within the international community efforts, which should be unbiased and balanced, in order to facilitate constructive interaction with Khartoum," said the statement.

The Russian president noted that the referendum would meet real interests of both Sudan and the entire region, while voicing support for al-Bashir's position on timely conducting of the poll.

The two leaders also discussed trade and economic cooperation between Moscow and Khartoum during the conversation.

A referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan was expected to be held on Jan. 9, 2011 to decide whether the region should remain united with north Sudan or secede and establish an independent state.

Source: Xinhua

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