On October 15, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement urging all parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Sudan to focus their efforts on referendum preparations and post-referendum arrangements and to engage in constructive dialogue:
“It is imperative that the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement avoid rhetoric on the upcoming referenda that undermines their credibility and the preparations for and negotiations on post-referendum arrangements.”
The Jan. 9 referendum will determine if South Sudan will become an independent country. If the vote does not take place as scheduled and if it is not carried out in a free and fair manner, the potential for renewed violence is real.
Today, we ask you to call 1-800-Genocide and ask the Canadian government to continue to make Sudan a priority. With the referendum only 81 days away, this is an important time for Canada to demonstrate leadership on the international stage.
Stand is pleased that the government is monitoring the situation in Sudan closely and is not afraid to speak out publicly. As the vote approaches however, there is still more that Canada can do.