Sudan VP: We accept south's decision to secede

January 31, 2011 21:36

Sudan's vice president on Monday said he accepted the south's decision to break away and form its own independent country, Reuters reported.

"We announce our agreement and our acceptance of the result of the referendum announced yesterday," Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha said in the north's first reaction since the results of the vote showed that 99 percent of southerners voted to secede.

"We wish our brothers in the south good luck and a fruitful future in organizing the issues surrounding the new country," he added.

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