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South Sudan Independence Celebrated

South Sudan's presidential guard on Independence Day, 2011.
South Sudan's presidential guard on Independence Day, 2011. UN Photo.

The Republic of South Sudan today finally celebrated their independence. South Sudan Independence came at great cost.

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.

Celebrate South Sudan Independence

“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

A young man, carrying a South Sudan flag, chants for independence, during the visit of Omar Hassan Ahmad AlBashir, President of Sudan, on the eve of the independence of South Sudan on 9 July 2011. UN Photo.

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.

New Beginning

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

South Sudan Independence Leads To Opportunity

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.

South Sudan’s presidential guard on Independence Day, 2011. UN Photo.

“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 South Sudan independence 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

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