Hoyer Statement on the Secession Referendum in Southern Sudan

For Immediate Release:

February 7, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the results of Southern Sudan's secession referendum were announced today:

“Today, the results of Southern Sudan’s secession referendum were released: they show that the people of Southern Sudan have overwhelmingly voted to secede from the north. This referendum marks an historic moment: it is an opportunity for the people of Sudan, both north and south, to put to rest the legacy of Africa’s bloodiest civil war. An independent Southern Sudan means the possibility of peace and security for its people; for those who have suffered from decades of civil strife, today is a day of great hope. I am grateful to those in Sudan, the international community, the Obama Administration, and the humanitarian community who helped make this vote possible.

“This referendum, however, is only the beginning of the hard work it will take to establish a stable nation in Southern Sudan. I call on the Sudanese government in Khartoum to heed its commitments in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and to work cooperatively with the South to resolve outstanding concerns regarding the disputed region of Abyei, citizenship matters, and more. It is essential that the U.S. and the international community help ensure that both the birth and the infancy of this new nation are a success."

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