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wednesday 22 december 2010 - Juba, South Sudan - Deputy US Consul General, Roger Moran, speaks to members of the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau and the media during a handover ceremony of ballots and other referendum-related material in Juba. Moran is flanked to his right by Justice Chan Reec Madu, the Chairman of the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau. Moran expressed US support for the southern Sudanese and the upcoming referendum, which is slated to commence on January 9, 2010. The ballots and other material will be transported to the ten states that comprise southern Sudan. The outcome of the vote will determine if the autonomous south formally secedes from the north to form the world's newest country. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus