Monday, January 31, 2011

Southern Sudan Salva Kiir calls on the AU and the world to endorse the results

ADDIS ABABA - The Sudanese leader Salva Kiir South on Monday called Addis Ababa of the African Union (AU), and the wider international community to endorse the overwhelming victory of "yes" to self-determination referendum in Southern Sudan .
The South Sudanese have voted 98.83% in favor of secession with the North, according to preliminary results complete, announced Sunday, the self-determination referendum held from January 9 to 15.
These results "clearly showed that a vast majority of voters had voted overwhelmingly for separation," said Monday the Sudanese Vice President Kiir, at a meeting on Sudan on the second day of summit African Union in Addis Ababa.
"We obviously await the implementation of the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005) until its conclusion (in July)" but "we expect that these results are confirmed by the international community, starting this August meeting, "said Mr. Kiir, according to a copy of his speech on Monday and handed to AFP.
The timetable established in 2005 by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement also provides for the months of negotiations by an effective separation on July 9.
Co-chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, this meeting took place especially in the presence of Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir, the president of the AU Commission Jean Ping and representatives of the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority for Development), with six countries in East Africa.
President Bashir has already begun to recognize the secession of southern Sudan, even promising relations "brotherly" with the new country, the 193rd in the world.
In his speech Sunday to an audience of African Heads of State, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "very concerned about the challenges of the post-referendum" in southern Sudan.
It is essentially the question of the disputed Abyei region (where a local referendum is to be arranged), the sharing of oil resources, the demarcation of borders, and issues such as citizenship or currency of the future state .

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