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Foreign Minister Paet: European Union Respects Desire of Southern Sudan to Establish Own Nation


No. 33-E

At their meeting in Brussels, the European Union foreign ministers confirmed that the results of the independence referendum in Southern Sudan demonstrate that a large majority of voters support the secession of Southern Sudan.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the European Union is committed to respecting the desire of the Southern Sudanese people. “The referendum was carried out peacefully and dependably, which is an important step to implementing the Peace Agreement. Now all the issues related to the post-referendum situation must be quickly resolved. After that, the recognition of the new nation can be put on the agenda,” he added.

The European Union foreign ministers are also concerned about the growing violence in Darfur. “There were 43 000 people resettled recently as a result of these developments. The EU condemns the kidnapping of humanitarian aid workers, which has already seriously affected the distribution of aid to the population during this complicated situation,” Paet added.

Paet stated that the European Union supports the peaceful co-existence of Southern and Northern Sudan. “Everything must be done to avoid a failed state,” he said.

The results of the referendum will become official after the appeal deadline on 15 February. The Peace Agreement foresees the declaration of the independence of Southern Sudan on 9 July 2011.

More information:
Helen Ennok, press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
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