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Obama: the will of South Sudan's people has to be respected

The historic vote is an exercise in self-determination long in the making.

“The international community was united in its belief that this referendum had to take place and that the will of the people of southern Sudan had to be respected, regardless of the outcome.

If the south chooses independence, the international community, including the United States, will have an interest in ensuring that the two nations that emerge succeed as stable and economically viable neighbors.”

- President Obama. See his op-ed in the New York Times here.