Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
September 15, 2010

The United States welcomes progress to further preparations for the holding of the January 9, 2011 referendum for Southern Sudanese self-determination.

Today, the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) took the critical step of beginning the procurement of registration materials necessary for an on time referendum. To this same end, the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly has released more than $80 million in additional referendum-related funding.

Additionally, the swearing in today of the Secretary General of the SSRC now ensures that the Referendum Commission has a full complement of staff. We are pleased to see tangible efforts by both parties and with only 114 days to go we call on them to continue to make progress. The United States is committed to supporting them in this work.

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PRN: 2010/1264