UN, AU And IGAD Accept Referendum Results And Welcome New African Nation

2 February, 2011 (Sudan Radio Service)

The GOSS President says that the United Nations, African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development have accepted the outcome of the southern Sudan referendum and recognized the independence of the region.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit including members of both the SPLM and the NCP met in Addis Ababa on Monday to present the results of the referendum and appeal for the recognition of the new state.

Kiir told journalist on Tuesday at Juba International Airport upon his return that, south Sudan has now been recognized as Africa’s 54th state.

[Salva Kiir]: “The agenda was first for the AU, the IGAD, and the UN to receive the referendum results and recognize the legitimacy of the referendum results, and to recognize the wish of southern Sudanese to become independent people. And this was done. There was a communique accepting southern Sudan as one new nation in Africa; country number 54, of independent people.”

On Monday, the NCP announced their full acceptance of the results of the referendum in a televised press briefing in Khartoum.

Kiir who is also the SPLM chairman, thanked the entire NCP leadership for the positive democratic response, and promises south’s cooperation on major political and economical agreements.

[Salva Kiir]: “I really pay tribute to President Al-Bashir for recognizing these results in front of the international community that is the UN. This was expected. We are very thankful, we congratulate him and the entire leadership of the National Congress Party for this brilliant work that they did. We in the SPLM leadership and the leadership of the south will also work together with president Al-Bashir so that we complete whatever is left over from the CPA.”

The full independence of south Sudan shall be declared on 9th July, 2011.


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