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South Sudan: declares its independence, celebrates, & World Recognizes, new diplomatic ties + MORE NEWS

Saturday, July 16, 2011

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South Africa welcomes new nation of South Sudan 

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UNITED NATIONS, July 13 (Xinhua) — South Africa welcomed the independence of South Sudan, J.T. Radebe, minister of justice and constitutional development of South Africa said here Wednesday.

“The ninth of July will go down in history as a significant day when the world witnessed the closure of one of the more painful chapters in the lives of Sudanese,” Radebe said. “The day equally marked a new beginning filled with hope and expectations as South Sudan became a new independent and sovereign state.”

Radebe’s statements came as he addressed the Security Council after it officially recommended South Sudan for admission into the UN as a member state. The UN General Assembly is expected to make the final decision on whether or not to admit Sudan to the international organization on Thursday.

July 9 marked the official independence of South Sudan from the central government in Khartoum. South Sudanese determined that they would secede in a January referendum, which had been mandated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed by the north and south in 2005 to end decades of civil war.

He praised the creation of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) by the Security Council on July 8, which will replace the six-year old UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

“We are particularly pleased with the integrated nature of this new mission with a focus on peace-building and support for development based on the principle of ownership,” he said of UNMISS.

Radebe emphasized that multilateral cooperation through institutions like the UN and the African Union (AU) is important to supporting both Sudan and South Sudan as a new period in their shared history begins.

“South Africa would like to make a clarion call to all those who have been involved in these efforts to continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Sudan as they embark on the journey of state building as well as the solidarity with the Republic of Sudan as they deal with the new reality created by the emergence of a new neighbor,” he said.

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