South Sudan moves one step closer to obtaining UN membership



L-R: Riek Machar, Ban Ki-Moon, and Deng Alor.Photo by Larco Lomayat.

13 July 2011 (NSV)- The United Nations Security Council has just released a resolution recommending the new Republic of South Sudan for UN membership. South Sudan declared independence on July 9, 2011. Then the country's new President, Salva Kiir, submitted to the UN an application for membership.

The Security Council made its decsion, hours after its committe that is charged with reviewing membership application expressed satistfaction with the application it received from South Sudan. 

While reading out the recommendation, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, said the Security Council "noted with great satistfaction" South Sudan's  willingness to abide by all the principles stipulated in  he United Nations charter.

“We look forward to the Republic of South Sudan joining us as a member of the United Nations and to working closely with its representatives,” the statement added.

The Council's decison, adopted without a single vote, came in the form of Resolution 1999 (2011).

The move then prompted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon to address the Assembly, declaring " Like any newborn, South Sudan needs help."

“Our responsibilities are enormous and the role of the UN is vital, but it is complicated,” he said. “We must continue to help – to help the new nation become a nation – to help the region consolidate the gains. This is the ultimate test of peacebuilding and of nation-building.”

There is one last procedural step to clear before the UN General Assembly welcomes the Republic of South Sudan. Once it is admitted tomorrow, South Sudan will bring UN's new membership to 193.


Vice President Riek Machar arrives in New York ahead of UN vote on recognition of South Sudan

Dr. Riek Machar and the accompanying delegation meets with German's Minister of Foreign Affairs at the United Nations in New York, Picture by Larco Lomayat, July 12, 2011

NEW YORK (NSV) - Fresh from the historic declaration of independence on July 9, 2011, a delegation of the Government of South Sudan just arrived in New York to attend a two-day meeting of the UN devoted to the formal recognition of the world's newest nation. 

"The United Nations will meet on July 13, 2011 to formally discuss membership and recognition of the Republic of South Sudan; and on July 14, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on a resolution to accept South Sudan as the world’s 193rd UN Member State," a statement read on the website of the Government of South Sudan Mission to the United States. 

The delegation is headed by Vice President Dr. Riek Machar. Dr. Riek is accompanied, among  others, by Deng Alor Kuol, Minister of Foreign Affairs and by David Deng Athorbei, Minisiter of Finance and Economic Planning.

A day after South Sudan declared independence, President Salva Kiir issued a presidential decree relieving and reappointing the Vice President.

By virtue of those decrees, all the ministers ,with the exception of the vice president, are serving as caretakers awaiting for Mr. Kiir to finalize decisions to form his new government.

Meanwhile South Sudanese are still in celebratory mood from the singular experience of witnessing their new nation. They are humbled by the swift recognition the world is giving them. 

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