Longest war in Africa comes to “definitive end” in Sudan: UN envoy

The success of the Southern Sudan referendum vote on independence has brought Africa's longest civil war to a "definitive end."

Sudan referendum

Sudan referendum

That’s what the top United Nations envoy in the country, Haile Mankerios, has told the Security Council as it discussed Sudan.

The results of the referendum announced on 7 February showed that the people of Southern Sudan overwhelmingly voted to secede and form Africa’s newest nation.

Mr. Menkerios said that the Sudanese government not only contributed to the successful holding of the referendum but President Omar Al Bashir and the National Congress Party have formally recognized the validity and legitimacy of its outcome.

“In doing so, they have most likely ended once and for all one of Africa’s most protracted and deadliest conflicts. Indeed, 7 February 2011 will have to be remembered and celebrated in Sudan’s and Africa’s history as a day when the longest running civil war in the continent’s history came to a definitive end, when the spirit of peace and cooperation prevailed over the spirit of war.”

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