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news - London Warns North-South Row Threatens Sudan Elections

october 15th, 2009

"London warned after talks in Sudan on Wednesday that persistent differences between the country's civil war foes threaten to further delay long-promised elections.

The planned elections have already been twice postponed amid differences between the Khartoum government and the southern former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) over a planned census and a new electoral law.

'There has got to be agreement; people have got to sit down and reach a conclusion in order for Sudanese people to be able to participate in genuinely free and fair elections,' said Minister of State for International Development Gareth Thomas.

'The political parties do need to resolve their differences on the implementation of the census...and agreements that need to be reached in advance for the election to take place,' he added."

MORE: "London warns north-south row threatens Sudan elections" (AFP)

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