NEWS RELEASE · 9th April 2010
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the general elections scheduled to take place in Sudan from April 11 to 18, 2010:
“The general elections in Sudan are a critical provision of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which brought to an end the Sudanese civil war. Credible elections would be a step toward the democratic transformation of Sudan envisaged in the Agreement.
"I call upon the Government of Sudan, the Government of Southern Sudan, the National Election Commission, the various political parties and other actors to make every effort to ensure a credible electoral process that is peaceful, inclusive and transparent.
“In this regard, I note with concern reports of irregularities in the process to date, limitations on political freedom, and insecurity, which is particularly acute in the Darfur region of Sudan. For the elections to be credible, these concerns must be addressed and problems rectified.
“Canada’s engagement in Sudan is based on the values that guide our foreign policy, namely freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”