"Expectations and Implications: A Discussion on the Southern Sudan Referendum"

Courtesy of DipNote, the State Department's blog, watch a conversation below between Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley and Major General (Ret.) Scott Gration, the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan on about the implications of the January 9, 2011 referendum on self-determination for Southern Sudan:

Find lots of context over at DipNote, along with the full transcript.  As Major Gration explained:

What we're looking for is not the outcome, though, P.J. We're looking to make sure that there's a process where the people have an opportunity to express their free will, a process that happens on time, that happens peacefully, and that is transparent. Because in the end, the international community, along with the people of the North and the South, have to say "Yes, this really is the will of the people and we'll accept the results."


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