South Sudan-UN Membership
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The General Assembly today (14 July) admitted the Republic of South Sudan as the 193rd member of the United Nations (UN), welcoming the newly independent country to the community of nations.
South Sudan’s independence from the rest of Sudan is the result of the January 2011 referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was among the UN dignitaries who attended the independence ceremony in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, last Saturday, pledged the world body’s assistance as the country shapes its future.
“We pledge to help South Sudan shape its future as we help the region consolidate the gains,” he added.
United States (US) Ambassador Susan Rice said that the US would remain a steadfast friend as South Sudan worked to pursue peace, as well as strengthening its democracy while providing opportunities and prosperity to its citizens.
Sudanese Ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman said that solidarity, cooperation, coordination for the well being of our two peoples, would continue to be the basis of the cooperation with the Republic of South Sudan.
Speaking on behalf of South Sudan, Vice President Riek Machar pledged that his country will work to foster peace in its region, while building a strong and viable nation at home.
Following the special session all delegates met at the entrance of the United Nations to raise the new member country’s flag.
Joseph Deiss, the President of the 65th General Assembly, described the independence of South Sudan and its admission to the United Nations as a “remarkable achievement.”
The latest country to join the world body had until now been Montenegro, which became the 192nd UN Member State on 28 June 2006, just weeks after it gained its independence from Serbia.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 1 min
Country: United Nations
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- Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV)
- Susan Sacirbey (UNTV)