The Republic of South Sudan today finally celebrated their independence.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of South Sudan on their National Day.
“The realization of this historic day is a testament to the tireless efforts of the people of South Sudan in their search for peace.” -Ms. Clinton
She commended South Sudan’s current leaders, including President Salva Kiir Mayardit, for helping guide Southern Sudan to this moment. She said the United States recognized the determination and courage of the many southern Sudanese who never abandoned their hope that peace was possible and who stood in long lines on January 9 to cast their votes.
Ms. Clinton higlighted that independence presents a new beginning for the people of South Sudan; an opportunity to build a nation that embodies the values and aspirations of its people.
She pointed out that the challenges are many, but the South Sudanese people have demonstrated their capacity to overcome great odds. She stressed that the United States will remain a steadfast partner as South Sudan seeks to peacefully meet these challenges and build a free, democratic and inclusive society.
“The strong ties between our peoples go back many decades, and we are committed to continuing to build on the partnership we have already established in the years ahead.” -Ms. Clinton
She said the historic day not only offers opportunity for the people of South Sudan, but also for the people of Sudan and all of Africa. She said the United States commends the Government of Sudan on its decision to be the first to recognize South Sudan’s independence.
“By continuing on the path of peace, the Government of Sudan can redefine its relationship with the international community and secure a more prosperous future for its people.” – Ms. Clinton
She said the United States also recognizes the important roles played by the United Nations, African Union, European Union, Arab League, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and Sudan’s neighbors in supporting the CPA and its implementation.
“We look forward to working with them and other international partners toward supporting Sudan and South Sudan as two viable states at peace with one another.” -Ms. Clinton