NOTE ON THE OCCASION OF THE MEDIA STAKEOUT FOLLOWING THE ADMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN AS A NEW MEMBER OF THE UNITED NATIONS
New York, 14 July 2011
Warm greetings to all of you, and to those watching from a remote location.
On this beautiful day, a beautiful day for the Republic of South Sudan, a beautiful day for the community of nations, we have just witnessed the South Sudanese flag being raised. Earlier today, the General Assembly admitted South Sudan as its newest Member, after having received from the Security Council a recommendation to that effect. A few days ago, on 9 July in Juba, I was privileged and honored to share a historic moment, along with the Secretary-General and many representatives of the international community. Most importantly, I was humbled to be among the South Sudanese people, who, after a very long conflict, now have the legitimate right to hope for and expect a better future.
But the road ahead is challenging. The international community must sustain and reinforce its support to the new born. Outstanding issues must be addressed through peaceful solutions. In the spirit and letter of the UN Charter, South Sudan and its leaders must rise above the difficulties ahead and further work for harmony. Building a new nation, with strong institutions, they must hold themselves to the highest standards. They must not commit the same mistakes that were made by other nations before them. I know how committed the South Sudanese are to a better future.
On a more personal note, allow me to recall that, 9 years ago, in 2002, I was here on the day Switzerland was admitted to the General Assembly as its 190th Member. I feel therefore very privileged and proud, to be standing here today, as South Sudan, the 193rd Member States, is admitted to the General Assembly I have the great honor to serve as President of its sixty-fifth session.
To South Sudan, its people and its Government, a very warm welcome to the United Nations and all my best wishes.