Francis Deng holds meeting with Sudanese embassy, GoSS Mission Canada

Category: Diaspora
Published on Monday, 10 May 2010 20:41
Written by The New Sudan Vision (NSV),
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Dr. Francis Mading Deng is Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Secretary-General's Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

(Ottawa, NSV) - Renowned scholar and diplomat, Dr. Francis Mading Deng held a private meeting with the Sudanese ambassador to Canada and GoSS Mission representative in Ottawa last Wednesday, The New Sudan Vision has learned.

Mum Majak, the GoSS representative to Canada said their joint meeting with Deng, who is Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Secretary-General's Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide focused on the post-referendum issues such as citizenship, and how the SPLM and NCP should redouble their efforts in implementing them, ahead of the referenda on the south and Abyei in January.

He said that Mading took on the initiative on his own, and he did not speak in his capacity as UN secretary general’s special advisor on genocide.

While the details of the meeting remain sketchy, Mum said Mading struck a neutral chord, and urged the embassy and the mission, who represent the two parties to the CPA, to strive towards “making unity attractive.”

The special advisor made a stopover at the embassy a day after appearing at a roundtable discussion hosted by Genocide Prevention Group, an informal bipartisan group of Canadian parliamentarians whose mandate is to improve Canada’s efforts in preventing genocide and crimes against humanity, and inform the parliamentarians on the issues of genocide.

The effectiveness of the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to Ottawa hinges on a meeting between the minister of regional cooperation and the Canadian minister of foreign affairs, where they would formally outline key areas of diplomatic cooperation.

In a related development, Mum said that the Mission is working with Canada to allow a greater number of southerners outside of Ottawa to register for the referendum in July. During the registration for the elections, Sudanese citizens who did not posses Sudanese passports, or did not reside in Ottawa, could not register to vote.