July 13, 2011 (JUBA) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has recommended to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) the admission of the Republic of South Sudan as a new member of the world body while the South Sudan vice president, Riek Machar Teny, assured of the new state’s obligation to fulfilling the Charter of the United Nations.
- South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon addresses the United Nations Security Council after the council unanimously recommended admitting the newly independent South Sudan into the United Nations at the U.N. headquarters in New York July 13, 2011 (Reuters)
The UNSC voted today in support of recognizing the new state and adopted a resolution welcoming the Republic of South Sudan as a UN member State.
The current President of the UNSC, Guido Westerwelle, who is also the federal minister of foreign affairs in the Federal Republic of Germany officially declared the recommendation.
“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,” he said.
South Sudan’s vice president, Riek Machar, in a statement he delivered to the members of the Council following the passing of the resolution said he was very grateful to the world body on the “most auspicious occasion.”
“At the outset, 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,” he told the meeting.
He assured that the new state will abide by the Charter of the United Nations and carry out its obligations to fulfill them.
“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. 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.”
Machar said his government was committed to full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), especially on Abyei issue and the other two areas of Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile and including Darfur.
“The CPA implementation process has involved many challenges, and we are grateful to President Thabo Mbeki, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and Special Representative of the Secretary-?General Haile Menkerios amongst others for their dedicated work in support of the process. We thank Secretary General Ban Ki-?Moon for his unwavering focus on the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. We express our appreciation to the members of the Security Council for establishing the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei, and to the Government of Ethiopia for committing forces to this mission. We call for their rapid deployment,” he further stated.
The Vice President pointed out that the new independent state is committed to building good relations with the Republic of Sudan and resolve other outstanding issues that may affect security and peaceful relations between the two neighboring countries.
“In particular, we must agree on mechanisms for continued cooperation, agreement on the remaining disputed areas of the borders, demarcation and mutually beneficial management of the common border, and the final status of Abyei. We 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 added that it was now time to build the new independent state.
“We now dedicate ourselves completely to the task of building our nation,” he said.
The UN General Assembly is also expected to vote on Thursday to officially recognize South Sudan as an independent nation and issue it with a certificate of membership to the world body.