Obama says U.S. to recognize South Sudan as sovereign

From Reuters, February 7, 2011:

President Barack Obama said on Monday the United States intends to recognize South Sudan as a sovereign country in July, as Washington began the process of removing Sudan from a terrorism blacklist.

“After decades of conflict, the images of millions of southern Sudanese voters deciding their own future was an inspiration to the world and another step forward in Africa’s long journey toward justice and democracy,” Obama said in a statement.

“Now, all parties have a responsibility to ensure that this historic moment of promise becomes a moment of lasting progress,” he said.

The people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly to declare independence in final results of a referendum announced on Monday, opening the door to Africa’s newest state and a fresh period of uncertainty for the fractured region.

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