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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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EU congratulates South Sudan on independence 

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BRUSSELS, July 9 (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU) congratulated South Sudan upon its independence as the new country celebrates its birth on Saturday.

“On this historic day, the EU and its Member States welcome the Republic of South Sudan as a new independent state,” the EU said in a statement.

It called for international support to help South Sudan to establish itself as a “secure, peaceful and prosperous country.”

Pledging support for a peaceful transition in the new-born country, the EU urged South Sudan’s leaders to “embrace pluralism and diversity and lay the foundation for a democratic, fair and inclusive society.”

South Sudan’s Legislative Assembly speaker proclaimed his state’s independence earlier Saturday, creating the world’s newest nation and splitting Africa’s largest country in two.

Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, who is in the South Sudan’s capital of Juba on Saturday, also congratulated its people on the country’s independence.

“It is a great honor to be here in Juba to celebrate the birth of the Republic of South Sudan,” Ashton said.

In a Twitter message, European Council President Herman van Rompuy also gave his congratulations. “Today a new country is rising in Africa. I congratulate South Sudan on its independence and wish its people a prosperous and peaceful future.”

Meanwhile, EU member states rallied to welcome South Sudan to the community of nations and pledged support for the newly-independent nation.

“This is an historic day, for South Sudan and the whole of Africa,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said, adding that Britain was proud to be “among the first to recognize South Sudanese independence.”

Paris had proposed that South Sudan and France establish diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors, according to a statement from the Elysee Palace on Saturday, while German President Christian Wulff called on the new nation to settle its conflicts with Sudan “by negotiation, peacefully and to the satisfaction of both countries.”

In a formal statement issued on Saturday, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Norway had long been an active supporter for the peace process in Sudan and would continue to honor its commitment.

He said South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir had be notified of Norway’s decision to recognize the new African country.

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Medvedev offers broad cooperation to S Sudan

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Dmitry Medvedev. Photo: RIA Novosti

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Dozens of African and other international leaders and dignitaries including United Nations head Ban Ki-moon have witnessed a ceremony in Juba to declare the independence of South Sudan, which is now Africa’s 54th sovereign nation.

The first President of South Sudan is the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Salva Kiir Mayardit. At a meeting with him in Juba, the Kremlin’s Africa envoy Mikhail Margelov handed him papers, in which President Dmitry Medvedev announces Russian recognition of South Sudan.

The Russian President offers assistance in farming, energy, geological exploration and mining and also in training engineers, physicians and teachers for Africa’s newest state. He says he is looking forward to a partnership that strengthens stability on the African continent.

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Russia recognizes newest African nation

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Photo: EPA

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Dozens of African and other international leaders and dignitaries including United Nations head Ban Ki-moon have witnessed a ceremony in Juba to declare the independence of South Sudan, which is now Africa’s 54th sovereign nation.

The Kremlin’s Africa envoy Mikhail Margelov brought papers from President Dmitry Medvedev which announce Russian recognition of South Sudan.

The first President of South Sudan is the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Salva Kiir Mayardit. At a meeting with him, Mr Margelov offered diplomatic ties, arms and Russian cooperation on infrastructure and energy projects.

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