Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi Calls For Strong South – North Sudan Ties

South and North Sudan have been urged to uphold their existing relations as the semi-autonomous region prepares for next month’s referendum.

Addressing the press last week in Juba, former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi urged the two regions to cement their relations for prosperity should South Sudan secede on January 9, 2011.

“The most important thing at the moment is to establish a strong and cordial relationship between the North and South. This is the only way they can help and establish peace”, said Moi.

The former President called for both sides to respect the outcome of the referendum, adding that a free, fair and transparent environment should be provided for the vote.

“I have being asking the people to make their decision. It is only the people of South Sudan who fought that understand what they want”, he said.

Moi who is the Kenyan special peace envoy in Sudan said the referendum process marks an end to instability in Sudan, adding that the people’s decision should not be influenced in any way.

“I hope this is the end of fighting and killing. Peace will only prevail if South Sudan is allowed to go freely”, said Moi.

He called for the timely conduct of the plebiscite as stipulated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

“If somebody hijacks the process, it means they are breaking the agreement. It should be done as agreed in the CPA and should not be changed”, reiterated Moi.

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