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Juba, 9 July 2011

Independence of South Sudan

The President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, participated in the independence ceremony of South Sudan, on 9 July in Juba. On this occasion, President Deiss recalled that the United Nations has a long standing commitment to Sudan. The United Nations is eager to continue its close and long term partnership and to assist South Sudan in its effort for nation and institution-building as well as for sustainable development. He called on the international community to continue to stand with Sudan and South Sudan, and to intensify its efforts in improving the provision of basic services, fostering agriculture and food security, promoting democratic governance, and enhancing capacity building. He concluded his remarks by welcoming South Sudan in the community of nations, in the United Nations General Assembly.

The day before on his way to Juba, President Deiss stopped in Khartoum for a short working lunch with H.E. Mr. Ali Karti, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Sudan. The presence of the United Nations in Sudan after the secession and the necessity to find peaceful solutions to the pending issues of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) were among the main points discussed.

In Juba, on the margin of the independence ceremony, President Deiss met with H.E. Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan. President Deiss congratulated President Kiir and reaffirmed that the General Assembly is ready to welcome the Republic of South Sudan as its 193rd Member upon receipt of the recommendation of the United Nations Security Council to that effect. Both Presidents discussed the challenges ahead for the newly born country and the role of the United Nations in supporting South Sudan.