Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper – Gulf/Arab World

The UN will work to support national unity in Sudan and try to avoid the southern part of the country breaking away, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday.A referendum on independence for southern Sudan is to be held in January 2011, and Ban said it was important for the UN and African Union (AU) to be prepared, whatever the result.“The UN has a big responsibility with the AU to maintain peace in Sudan and make unity attractive,” Ban said in Addis Ababa on the eve of an AU summit.“Whatever the result of the referendum we have to think how to manage the outcome. It is very important for Sudan but also for the region.”Ban said the coming 12 months would be crucial for Sudan, with elections planned for April—the troubled African country’s first multi-party ballot since 1986.

Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper – Gulf/Arab World

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