SA government congratulates South Sudan on referendum

Posted on January 19, 2011. Filed under: Sudan |

Earlier today, alongside other governments and international organisations, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation issued a statement congratulating the people of South Sudan on the conclusion of the recent referendum.

In the statement, the Department also states that,

‘South Africa would like to commend both President Al-Bashir and First Vice President Salva Kiir on the personal leadership and courage they have shown in facilitating a conducive and peaceful environment for citizens to participate freely and without fear in casting their ballots.’

The Department also acknowledges preliminary, and largely positive reports by a number of observer missions. These include those representing the European Union and African Union, the Carter Centre, the Arab League and observers from East Africa, which ‘all concurred that the vote was largely peaceful and credible.’

Click here to read the full statement.

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