South Sudan joins UN as 193rd member

Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 23:31

United Nations: Oil-rich South Sudan, the
world`s newest nation, on Thursday also became the newest member of
the United Nations after being voted in by the world body as
its 193rd member.

The UN General Assembly admitted by acclamation South
Sudan as its newest member.

"I declare South Sudan a member of the United
Nations," said Joseph Deiss, president of the UN General
Assembly.

The Security Council had yesterday recommended that
South Sudan be admitted in the United Nations as its latest
member. South Sudan`s flag will now fly at the UN headquarters
in New York.

Independence for South Sudan comes seven years after
it signed a peace agreement in 2005 to end a decades long war
with its now neighbour, Sudan.

While the countries have split, both nations are still
trying to resolve border disputes.

Following a referendum in which the people of South
Sudan voted overwhelmingly for a split, the new nation
formally declared its independence on July 9.
The UN will be sending peacekeeping missions to the
country to beef up security there, as well as to the oil-rich
disputed district of Abyei.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 21:19

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