Sudan Recognizes Republic of South Sudan

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Sudan on Friday announced its official recognition of the new Republic of South Sudan a day before its southern neighbor becomes the world's newest nation.

"The Republic of Sudan announces that it recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as an independent state, according to the borders existing on January 1, 1956," Minister of Presidential Affairs Bakri Hassan Saleh said in a statement broadcast on state television.

"The government of Sudan is committed to implementing the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) and to resolving all the post-referendum issues," Saleh added.

The 2005 peace agreement that ended the devastating 22-year conflict between north and south Sudan paved the way for an independence referendum in January, in which southerners voted almost unanimously to secede.

Since the referendum, the two sides have failed to agree on a number of key outstanding issues, such as how to manage the country's oil, most of which lies in the south, demarcation of their contested common borders, and the future status of the disputed Abyei region.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir vowed after the referendum results were announced that his government would be the first to recognize an independent south.

On Thursday he repeated his claim to want a secure and stable south and confirmed that he would attend Saturday's official celebrations in Juba.

But he also said that good future relations between the two countries depended on secure borders and non-interference in the each other's internal affairs.

Although a number of the most contentious issues between the two sides remain unresolved, reaching independence is a major achievement, the head of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission, the body overseeing the implementation of the 2005 peace agreement, said on Friday.

"Whatever other concerns there may be, there is a governing thought that this is a moment for celebration," Derek Plumbly told reporters in Juba, while lamenting the failure of the two sides to reach an overall agreement on their unresolved disputes.

"It is a pity that all of this is not consolidated in a single agreement ahead of July 9," he added.

Later on Friday, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution creating a U.N. mission in South Sudan that will include 7,000 peacekeepers and hundreds of civilians tasked with helping the fledgling nation.

The new mission, UNMISS, will take on a "vital role ... to support national authorities, in close consultation with international partners, to consolidate the peace and prevent a return to violence," stated the resolution.

Comments 5
Default-user-icon Le Phenicien (Guest) 08 July 2011, 17:56

Now that the Sudanese president Al Bashir recognized the Christian country af South Sudan , the warrant arrest issued against him by the International Tribunal is Caduq !!

The same tribunal is the one they call STL for Lebanon ..!! I call it a big joke ..

The Sunnis are proving they cannot live with the Christians ! Next will be Egypt where the Coptes will have Alexandria as Capital of their Copte Christian country .

Let us see what will happen in Syria !!!!! and elsewhere in the countries where Sunnis are majority ...

Let us also see if the Siaas that are majorities in all the Arab Gulf states , will continue to accept to be ruled by the Sunnis minorities .... Yalla .

Default-user-icon Imad Badreddine (Guest) 08 July 2011, 21:19

How can anyone disagree with my Shiite brother Le Finicien. Christians were imported as invaders into the Middle East by the Byzantine empire as we learned from Sayyed Hassan and it's time to take this Muslim land back as we should never live with them. It's a good thing that Iraq were Shiite are the majority we already got rid of the Christians there with the help of Al-Qaeda fighters from Syria and Sadries from Iran, the infidels and will never cause anymore trouble.

As the great leaders of the Iranian revolution (My Shiite brother Le Finicien's sponsors) said after the Egyptian revolution "we are witnessing the creation of the Islamic Middle East" I say, Amin to that.

Default-user-icon Another Lebanese (Guest) 09 July 2011, 00:27

Imad or whomever hides behind this alias

If it's a joke, it's a very sad one.
If it's not a joke, it's even sadder.

You are an insult to mankind evolution.

Default-user-icon Arzak Ya Libnan (Guest) 09 July 2011, 01:14

"Let us also see if the Siaas that are majorities in all the Arab Gulf states , will continue to accept to be ruled by the Sunnis minorities" .. you might want to research before you just blurt things out. Of all the Arab Gulf States Bahrain (and if you want to consider Iraq a GCC country) is the only one with a majority Shia population. In fact 90% of all muslims world wide are sunni, and shia are a very small part of the religion. Further to you just blurting things out without using the 2 brain cells God has granted you, tell me.. how are the christians in Iran doing? Ignorance is bliss.

Default-user-icon To Imad (Guest) 09 July 2011, 03:14

i say go to the rat hole before something happens to you.. such a dumb comment