Kiir And World Leaders Call For Peace, Stability And Recognition

During the proclamation at the Independence Day Celebrations, President Kiir and other Premiers urged Southerners to focus on the economic challenges ahead, desist from internal conflicts, remember fallen heroes and heroines and maintain peace as the newest nation is recognised worldwide.

Kiir And World Leaders Call For Peace, Stability And Recognition
President Kiir and Bashir honouring the military parade at the VIP podium [©Gurtong]

By Job O. Mainye and Waakhe Wudu
JUBA, 10th July, 2011 [Gurtong] - During the proclamation at the Independence Day Celebrations, President Kiir and other Premiers urged Southerners to focus on the economic challenges ahead, desist from internal conflicts, remember fallen heroes and heroines and maintain peace as the newest nation is recognised worldwide.
 
President Kiir’s detailed speech highlighted on a number of issues touching on the fallen heroes like Dr. John Garang, and millions of people who died during the struggle. He assured the people suffering in Abyei, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur that the Republic of South Sudan would stand with them during these difficult times.

“The night will be too long but the day will come for sure,” President Kiir quoted an African proverb.

To the international community and the Norwegian People’s Aid Kiir said, “Dear friends of the international community and UN member States, when we were thirsty you gave us water, when we were depressed you gave us courage and gave education to our children”

During the armed struggle the president recalled the untold suffering on innocent civilians. “We remember the untold suffering; we have been bombed, maimed and treated as refugees in our own country, we can all forgive but we cannot forget…other Suffering is self inflicted and we can solve it peacefully,” he said.

About tribal animosity and internal conflicts, Kiir declared that all citizens shall be equal before the law and shall access all opportunities. “Remember that we are all South Sudanese whether Zande, Nuer, Taposoa, Dinka, Bari, Shuluk,” he reminded the citizens.

Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the United Nations General Assembly welcomed ROSS into the UN family and promised to continue having a close relationship with the newest Member State. “Peace and stability is important for the ROSS. I call on the international community to continue standing with South Sudan and intensify programs in the agricultural sector and promote governance,” Deiss said.

“I look forward in welcoming South Sudan as soon as they attain full membership after the recommendation by Security Council,” he continued.

The President of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Mwai Kibaki paid a special tribute to the late Dr. John Garang and those who lost their lives in achieving this day. He reiterated that Kenya shall continue to support the new neighbouring nation to achieve her economic goals.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon confirmed the youngest nation to be the 193rd member to the UN family and commended president Kiir and Bashir for their commitment to finding solutions by demonstrating responsible governance.

“I commend president Kiir and Bashir for coming this far while making difficult decisions and compromises, being here demonstrates their commitments to peace and partnership,” the UN chief said.

Bani Ki-moon added that, “It’s an important day for us as well; we were engaged in the peace process, offering humanitarian assistance and development initiatives. I also recognise all the UN member organizations, the AU and all the strong and close partners like Thabo Mbeki who played a significant role in the peace process.”

President Obama’s special message was delivered by the head of delegation for USA Susan Rice. Rice officially declared that ROSS shall be recognised by the US.

“We salute those who didn’t live to see this day…from Dr. John Garang to the ordinary citizens buried in unmarked graves,” Rice said while adding that, “This independence is not a gift to you; it’s a price you have worn…Bind up the wounds of war and work with the North to complete the CPA; you require good governance, peace and prosperity to do that.”

Other dignitaries who delivered their congratulatory speeches included; the chairperson of IGAD group of countries who is also the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Chairman of the African Union and President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang; Head of China Delegation who conveyed best wishes from the people of South Asia; The crown prince of Norway; the EU and the Arab League representatives. 

The United Kingdom representative who is also the Foreign Minister of the UK, William Hague officially confirmed UK’s recognition of the Republic of South Sudan and hoped for peace and regional integration. “We have opened a new British Embassy here in Juba and we hope diplomatic presence shall help us to work together”

Sudanese President Omar al Bashir was welcomed by H.E. Dr. Riek Machar, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan to address the citizens. In his translated speech originally read in Arabic language, President Bashir congratulated the people of South Sudan for the new nation. He commended the heroes and heroines of the liberation movement among them Dr. John Garang.

Bashir also saluted President Kiir for his commitment and determination in seeking and bolstering peace in the country while emphasizing that he has thus won his place amongst the heroes of liberation.


President Kiir’s speech highlights 
1. Saluted fallen heroes and heroines, highlighted on the sacrifice of Dr. John Garang “this day symbolizes that they dint die in vain”

2. Kiir congratulated South Sudanese. “We waited for more than 56 years for this day, it will forever be engraved in our hearts…we must be patriotic regardless of our ethnic backgrounds”

3. He thanked the international community, “Dear friends of the international community and UN member States: “When we were thirsty you gave us water, when we were depressed you gave us courage and you also gave education to our children”

4. “We remember the untold suffering; we have been bombed, maimed and treated as refugees in our own country, we can all forgive but we cannot forget…other Suffering is self inflicted and we can solve it peacefully”

5. All citizens shall be equal before the law and shall access all opportunities “Remember that we are all South Sudanese whether Zande, Nuer, Taposoa, Dinka, Bari, Shuluk”

6. Live in peace with our neighbours and partner with them in all human endeavours because we know how it feels to be deprived of freedom.

7. Citizens need to dedicate all their energy for a vibrant economy. From today we shall have no excuse or scapegoat to blame on, it’s our responsibility to protect ourselves, our land, security and resources.

8. “The pillars of a house are key but the foundation is critical, build a strong foundation for our nation”  

9. Corrupt leaders will not be part of this government. Transparency and accountability is a challenge and the government will fight it with dedication. As president I will work to remove this cancer and not to return to war and suffering.

10. We need to demonstrate to our Sudanese counterparts that we can work together. We hope to address the remaining differences amicably

11. We pledge to abide by the international conventions and agreements on human rights; we shall be responsible members and play our role in international law as based on our own ethics

12. People of South Sudan won’t allow to be addressed as aggressors or trouble makers   and hope that our people won’t cross borders due to insecurity

13. We thank the international community for their support especially the Norwegian People’s Aid and the taxpayers who fund them to give us a life

14. My dear compatriots the world is watching us, they surely want to see us grow.

15. To our detractors, this flag doesn’t mean we have to fight among ourselves, they say we can’t resolve issues through dialogue and that our concept of democracy is wrong… on this note I will declare this amnesty publicly to those taking arms against us, let them lay their arms down and join us to build our new nation

16. Let us focus on economic development and prosperity in order to address human needs

17. I would like to take this opportunity to assure the people of Abyei, Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan that we have not forgotten them, when you cry we cry and when you bleed I do. I promise to work with my brother Omar el-Bashir to work things out.

18. There is an African proverb that goes “the night will be too long but the day will come for sure”

19. A stable and peaceful region is important for the new nation and as we grow together, our gift to you Ethiopia and Eritrea is to find peaceful ways of solving your differences and I also appeal to our brothers and sisters in Somalia.

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