UN Security Council Recommends Southern Sudan’s Membership

Dr. Riek Machar (C) delivers his statement to the Council with other RoSS officials
Dr. Riek Machar (C) delivers his statement to the Council with other RoSS officials
In its meeting number 6583 on July 13, 2011, The United Nations Security Council has recommended newly-independent South Sudan for U.N. membership.

In a statement Wednesday, the council noted South Sudan’s commitment to upholding the U.N. charter and said it looked forward to the new country joining the world body.

Addressing the UN Security Council, the head of the Republic of South Sudan delegation, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan said “My Government remains completely committed to the full and final implementation of the CPA particularly in respect to Abyei and the borders”

Dr. Riek added and said “Our fundamental hope and desire is to see peaceful coexistence between the two neighboring States of Sudan and South Sudan. We will strive to build a future in which our two countries can work cooperatively, live in peace with one another and be mutually supportive”.

The UN Security Council has adapted a resolution welcoming the Republic of South Sudan as a 193rd UN Member State.

While delivering closing his remarks, the current President of the UN Security Council, Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal republic of Germany said “By adopting resolution recommending the membership of the Republic of South Sudan in the United Nations, we want to welcome South Sudan as the 193rd member in the family of the nations.

Dr. Westerwelle also said “I am confidence that the United Nations and this council in particular will continue to stand at the side of the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan. The International Community will continue to take a strong interest in the future developing of the two countries. Germany will continue to assist in the great task of developing open, just and prosperous societies in North and South".

Other members of the UN Security council who delivered statement are Mr. Alan Le Roy, Under-Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, South Africa, United States, France, Russia Federation, United Kingdom, Portugal, Gabon, India, China, Nigeria, Colombia and Lebanon.

The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of South Sudan’s membership today. The new nation will become the 193rd member of the U.N. and its flag will be hoist at the United Nations.

During his read statement at the UN Security Council yesterday, Dr. Riek Machar Teny said, “I wish to convey to the members of the Council the profound gratitude of the people and Government of the Republic of South Sudan for having just recommended to the General Assembly that the Republic of South Sudan be admitted as the newest Member of the United Nations.”

Dr. Machar appreciated the efforts of the Council’s President and the German Government for greatly assisting the new country during war. “I would like to recognize Germany’s efforts as Chair of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, and in particular its advocacy with regards to the demobilization of child soldiers, which we also fully support,” he said.

“By virtue of my President’s letter to the Secretary-¬‐General on 9 July 2011, the Republic of South Sudan has accepted the obligations under the Charter of the United Nations, and has undertaken to fulfill them,” he continued.

“The Republic of South Sudan will be a responsible member of the international community, and will respect its obligations under international law. We are working to accede as quickly as possible to all relevant international conventions and treaties, not least those related to human rights,” he elaborated.

The vice president assured the members that RoSS remained completely committed to the full and final implementation of the CPA particularly in respect to Abyei and the borders.

“It is our deepest and most sincere wish to resolve all outstanding matters between North and South swiftly and peacefully. We remain committed to working out our differences through dialogue and in a spirit of cooperation, and welcome the support of the African Union High – Level Implementation Panel in this regard,” Machar read.

He also stated that RoSS will also continue to work together with the Republic of Sudan to ensure that there is justice for the people of Darfur, Southern Kordofan, and Blue Nile. “There can be no stability in either Sudan or South Sudan without a new political dispensation in the two areas and Darfur, as well as the full implementation of the Abyei Protocol,” he said.

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