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Juba, 8 July 2011

President Joseph Deiss meets with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit

The President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, met today in Juba with H.E. Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan. Following the meeting, President Deiss stated the following:

“With the formal independence of Southern Sudan, we are living a historic moment: a new country will formally declare its independence and become a Member of the United Nations. As President of the General Assembly, I am proud that South Sudan will soon join the community of 192 nations, gathered in the General Assembly.

We are witnessing today a remarkable achievement, and we must spare no effort to ensure that this process is a success. This is essential, for the region, for its people, and for the entire continent as well as for the whole community of nations.

The United Nations has a long-standing commitment to Sudan and is eager to continue its close and long-term partnership. The United Nations is ready to assist South Sudan in its effort for nation- and institution-building and for long-term sustainable development. It is ready to support both Sudan and South Sudan to implement peaceful solutions to the outstanding issues of the peace process.

I also call on the international community to continue to support Sudan and South Sudan and to intensify efforts to improve the provision of basic services, to foster agriculture and food security, to promote democratic governance, and enhance capacity-building.

As soon as the Security Council has given its recommendation, the General Assembly will be ready to admit South Sudan as a new Member of the United Nations. Once the Security Council has met, the General Assembly will formalize the membership of South Sudan in line with the relevant rules of procedure.

I am honored and feel privileged to be invited to the independence ceremony. I am proud to be here and to represent, during this historic event, the great community of the United Nations. I thank the Government of South Sudan for their invitation. As the President of the General Assembly, I am looking forward to welcome South Sudan as the youngest Member State of the United Nations. I wish South Sudan and its people peace, security and prosperity.”