U.S. Recognizes Republic of South Sudan As Sovereign, Independent State

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 9, 2011
Southern Sudanese Celebrate South Sudan's Independence in Juba on July 9

President Barack Obama announced today that the United States formally recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state upon this day, July 9, 2011.

President Obama said, "After so much struggle by the people of South Sudan, the United States of America welcomes the birth of a new nation. Today is a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn. These symbols speak to the blood that has been spilled, the tears that have been shed, the ballots that have been cast, and the hopes that have been realized by so many millions of people. The eyes of the world are on the Republic of South Sudan. And we know that southern Sudanese have claimed their sovereignty, and shown that neither their dignity nor their dream of self-determination can be denied."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined President Obama in congratulating the people of the Republic of South Sudan. Secretary Clinton said, "The realization of this historic day is a testament to the tireless efforts of the people of South Sudan in their search for peace. We commend South Sudan's current leaders, including President Salva Kiir Mayardit, for helping guide Southern Sudan to this moment. And we recognize 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. 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. The challenges are many, but the South Sudanese people have demonstrated their capacity to overcome great odds."

Secretary Clinton continued, "...This historic day not only offers opportunity for the people of South Sudan, but also for the people of Sudan and all of Africa. We commend 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. The United States 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, and 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."

A Presidential Delegation to the Republic of South Sudan, led by U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice, attended the ceremony marking the Republic of South Sudan's independence on July 9. Following the Republic of South Sudan's declaration of independence, the United States established full diplomatic relations with the country, upgrading the U.S. Consulate General in Juba to a U.S. Embassy. Ambassador Barrie Walkley, the U.S. Consul General in Juba, will serve as Charge d'Affaires pending the appointment of a U.S. Ambassador to Juba.

This fall, the United States will host an international engagement conference that will provide the Republic of South Sudan with a platform to present its vision for the future of its country and engage partners on priority areas of support and collaboration.

The United States stands with the people of both Sudan and South Sudan during this time of great hope and immense challenge. Our commitment extends beyond July 9, and we will continue to expand on our deeply-rooted partnership in the years ahead.

You can read more about U.S. support to peace and security in South Sudan here.

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Mawey
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Russia
July 9, 2011

Mawey in Russia writes:

Oh, Hillary, your aeriform beauty clinged to the cheek

Like press in the heart - the silver streak

passed68
July 9, 2011

W.W. writes:

AndersFogh Rasmussen @AndersFoghR

This is the Individual who represent the best world population cos he is the one who works the most.

Donna J.
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Ohio, USA
July 9, 2011

Donna M. in Ohio writes:

Can we all start, with this war on "Human Trafficking" Please? Remember,The "Core",of alot of problems...Start and Finish Here! We can not Walk...With our Eyes closed, as so many Do. May you all, Stay Proud ,Walk Proud, Everyday, Allday.

eight63
July 9, 2011

W.W. writes:

Dear Donna ,

Those people here just talks and tweet...

They party all the time.

they elaborate nice and great ideas but when it comes to work on Ideas it s already friday so they turn everything off and around wed next week they got back to topic.

It s amazing never seen such a lazy administration I am so upset ...

Today Is south sudan their focus with an Iranian Allaiance with Syria and Iran Testing Missle.

So last week we talk about slavery and Human trafficking and today we still talk about it..and we are not acting...end of slavery a problem that affect the world for 200 year...

But those people care about a ''''moody''' guy who wakes up and says that portugal is on a bankrupt...they care about the UNREAL stock market..

In their mind: Oh what s my share today...

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
July 9, 2011

Anna in Washington, D.C. writes:

God bless the people of South Sudan!

Corb
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Spain
July 9, 2011

Corb writes:

I hope you will recognize Catalonia when we become independent. ;)

Samuel A.
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District Of Columbia, USA
July 10, 2011

Samuel A. in Washington writes:

CONGRATULATIONS FOR FINALLY FIXEING THE PROBLEMS LEFT BEHIND BY FRANCE & BRITAIN: NEXT-STOP-IS : THE COLONIZED ANGLOPHONES OF CAMEROON BY THEIR FRANCOPHONE BROTHERS, ALSO A CREATION OF FRNCE & BRITAIN. THANK GOD NO WARS YET SINCE 1961. WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THE PEACFUL FIGHT ( WORLD COURT, UNITED NATIONS ) ETC

such65
July 11, 2011

W.W. writes:

I am Moody too

From today July 10 11 I am exchanging 1 Euro for 1000 Usd

I mean with 1 euro I am able to buy 1000 USD

Yeah

Alyssa R.
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United States
July 11, 2011

Alyssa in U.S.A. writes:

Nice article, the content is very strong. Obama has doing a fabulous job. Thanks for sharing.

alyssarow
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United States
July 14, 2011

Alyssa R. in the U.S.A. writes:

Nice site. The above article is help us a lot. Keep sharing.

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