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African Union chief hails South Sudan’s successful referendum


February 1, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — Jean Ping, head of the African Union Commission, hailed the conduct of a successful referendum on the independence of southern Sudan and expressed readiness to recognize the results of the vote.

Ping made his remarks during a meeting with the Sudanese first Vice-President and head of the southern Sudan government held on the sidelines of the African Union summit on 31 January.

Kiir was in Addis Ababa to take part in a special meeting on Sudan attended by President Omer Al-Bashir, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the head of the AU commission and a number of heads of states and governments.

"The Chairperson warmly congratulated Mr. Salva Kiir and the people and leadership of Sudan on the successful completion of the referendum on self-determination, for having shown exemplary courage and commitment to peace," said Noureddine Mezni, spokesperson of the AU chief in a statement released on Tuesday.

"The African Union looks forward to solemnly accepting the results of the referendum as soon as they are formally proclaimed," he added.

Sudanese government announced yesterday its acceptance of the preliminary results of the referendum with over 99% of vote in favor of the independence. The final results should be officially confirmed this month.

The Sudanese parties have now to start talks on the post-referendum issues including Abyei, border demarcation, debit, oil and citizenship. The African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki works with the stakeholders to finalize the talks.

Ping reiterated the readiness of the AU to work closely with the United Nations and other countries for the construction of the South. He further stated that through the AUHIP, the AU will continue to engage the two parties to find a peaceful solution to the post-referendum issues.

South Sudan will be declared officially an independent state on 9 July 2011 at the end of the interim period provided in the peace accords of 2005.


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  • 2 February 2011 08:20, by Kolnyang youth

    president Kiir Of South Sudan ,is now recognized in the world as a great leader of democracy in Sudan .

    bravo president with your Subordinate .

    I know those of Raan ,gatwech ,and other who are hating Dinkas will not be happy .

    I like all our leaders in South Sudan including gatluak Deng Gai and Athor who is rebel leader from bentiu.



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    • 2 February 2011 09:14, by Gatwech


      You are wrong. To the contrary of your prediction, I am very happy, not because Kiir is "now recognized in the world as a great leader of democracy in Sudan," as you claimed, but because he (Kiir) has freely and fairly led you and all of us to vote for separation by 99%.

      I think that is what the AU is congratulating him for, and not on being a great democrat!

      Stay well!

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      • 2 February 2011 11:02, by Kolnyang youth

        To Gatwech .

        If you were always like today you have comment then,i can say South Sudan youth can tell the true on web .

        Thank you brother ,we need to appreciate our leaders ,regardless of being your tribe mate ,for me ,i know very well all top leaders are doing the best of our country .

        Am saying this ,because some of you want to owned Dr.Riek to be their owned leader and forgetting that Dr.Riek is leader of every Southern Sudanese ,I do not want that ,because Dr.Riek is big political fighter in South Sudan not for Nuer community as think so .


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  • 2 February 2011 08:26, by Baydoc

    Ashame on you moon you were refuse for the first time. What make you to agreed what southern already make. We don,t need you any more. By Babydoc.

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