Sudan's Vice-President Ali Osman Taha stated on Monday that Khartoum accepted the landslide vote for southern independence. "We announce that we accept the outcome of the referendum and we agree on the results," Taha said, according to AFP.
Some 99 per cent of southern Sudanese chose to split from the north in the January 9-15 referendum, according to full preliminary results announced on Sunday.
Taha also pledged on Monday to push the joint committees to resolve all outstanding issues being negotiated by Khartoum and Juba before the south secedes in July. .