UN chief Ban welcomes Sudan referendum results

UNITED NATIONS — UN spokesman Martin Nesirky on Monday said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the results of the referendum on South Sudan's independence as a "great achievement for all Sudanese."
Sudanese election officials said Monday that more than 98 percent of ballots in the Jan. 9 vote favored independence, meaning Africa's largest country will be divided in two and South Sudan will become the world's newest country in July.
Nesirky said Monday that Ban commends all parties in the so-called Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended fighting in the country and called for the referendum.
Nesirky said the secretary-general calls on nations to help all Sudanese obtain greater stability and development, and pledges UN support.