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

Saturday, July 16, 2011


China announces diplomatic ties with South Sudan 

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BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) — China announced on Saturday to recognize the Republic of South Sudan and set up diplomatic ties with the country.

“The Republic of South Sudan is founded on July 9. The government of the People’s Republic of China announces to recognize the country, and set up diplomatic ties at ambassadorial level with South Sudan from now on,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei in a written statement.

The Chinese government would like to develop friendly cooperation with South Sudan in various areas on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, Hong said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi sent a message to his South Sudanese counterpart Deng Alor Kuol earlier on Saturday to announce China’s recognition of South Sudan.

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South Sudan declares independence

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JUBA, July 9 (Xinhua) — The Republic of South Sudan declared independence Saturday, waiting to be recognized as the 193rd member of the United Nations and hoping to keep peace with the north after decades of war.

Speaker of South Sudan Legislative Assembly James Wani Igga read the Proclamation of the Independence of South Sudan, winning the cheers of hundreds of thousands of people who gathered at the Mausoleum of John Garang, the late leader of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

A military parade was held before James Wani Igga proclaimed the birth of the Republic of South Sudan, and the new flag of South Sudan raised.

Salva Kiir Mayardit took the oath of office as the president of the new republic after he signed the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, UN Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon and representative from the Arab League, African Union and European Union are expected to speak at the ceremony.

During the referendum to decide the fate of unity or division of the Africa’s largest country in January, nearly 99 percent of the voters approve the secession of the south from Sudan. The result was recognized by the Sudanese government and the international community, paving the way for the south’s independence on July 9.

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Military parade begins for South Sudan’s independence celebration 

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JUBA, July 9 (Xinhua) — Military parade begins on Saturday morning for South Sudan’s independence celebration in Juba, the capital of the world newest country.

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FLASH: SUDAN’S PRESIDENT BASHIR ARRIVES IN JUBA ATTENDING SOUTH SUDAN’S INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION 

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FLASH: SUDAN’S PRESIDENT BASHIR ARRIVES IN JUBA ATTENDING SOUTH SUDAN’S INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION

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South Sudan to embrace independence 

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A man sits near his tent in the southern Sudanese city of Juba, July 8, 2011. Sudanese government on Friday officially announced its recognition of South Sudan as an independent state with sovereignty as of Saturday based on the borderline of Jan. 1, 1956. (Xinhua/Nasser Nouri)

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