October 25, 2010

Senator Kerry: Washington Will Not

Object to Referendum Delay

The Chairman of Foreign Relations

Committee of the U. S. Congress, Senator

John Kerry, said yesterday that the U. S. did

not mind delaying the referendum if both the

National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan’s

People Liberation Movement (SPLM) agree

on the delay. He added that the reason of

delay should be technical to increase

accessibility and assure better conduct of the

referendum, affirming that both sides

assured him that they were committed to

conducting the referendum on scheduled

time (Al-Ahram Al-Youm)

Referendum Registration Papers

Delivered to Khartoum

The South Sudan Referendum Commission

declared delivery of northern states’ voter

papers and registration records to Khartoum.

500 thousand voter registration records were

sent from South Africa to Khartoum. The

records will serve to register southerners in

the 15 northern states. Several millions of

records will be delivered to Juba soon (Al-


Al-Bashir Declares Readiness of the

Government for Reviewing Constitutional

and Administrative Situations

President Omar Al-Bashir declared

yesterday the readiness of his government to

negotiation with the SPLM for holding a

comprehensive review of the constitutional

and administrative situation in Sudan and for

sharing power with all political forces. He

added that Sudan is facing a challenging and

decisive referendum and that all should

strive to avoid tension (Al-Ayyam)

Sudan Government Urges American

Administration to Lift Sanctions

In a meeting with Senator John Kerry, Vice

President Ali Osman Taha urged the

American administration to lift the sanctions

imposed on Sudan and to support the peace

efforts (Al-Khartoum)

JEM Returns to Doha Talks

The rebel Justice and Equality Movement

(JEM) led by Khalil Ibrahim, announced

that it will send a small delegation to Doha

for consultation with the mediators on

arrangement of full participation of the

Movement (Al-Khartoum)

Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)

Refutes Existence of Rifts

Members of SLM ridiculed a statement

issued last week claiming that Minno Arko

Minnawi would be relieved as the leader of

the Movement. Deputy President of SLA,

Al-Rayah Mahmood, reiterated the

Movement’s commitment to peace,

affirming that Minnawi is still the president

of SLA (Ajras Al-Hurriya)


The Sudan Morning News is compiled as a service of the

Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum,

Sudan. It presents a partial survey of the current Sudanese

press and international reporting about Sudan. This summary

does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government.

Source: Public Affairs Section – Embassy of the United States of America – Khartoum – Sudan

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