The Brazilian Government welcomes the conclusion of the referendum process on Southern Sudan with the announcement of the final vote results on 7 February. The secession of the South won with 98.83% of the votes. A transition process will begin, with a new State expected to arise on 9 July 2011.
The Government of Brazil congratulates the people of Sudan for the transparent environment in which the referendum was carried out and praises the North and South officials for their willingness to reach an understanding and to engage in dialogue. The Brazilian Government conveys its support for the Parties to reach an agreement on still pending issues shortly and in the same atmosphere of cooperation in which the referendum was held.