South Sudan Flag Hoisted At AU Headquarters

The African Union (AU) yesterday raised the new flag of the Republic of South Sudan, officially admitting the new State as one of the newest African country to join the Union.

South Sudan Flag Hoisted At AU Headquarters
The Flag of South Sudan being raised at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa [©Thomas Kenneth]

JUBA, 16th August, 2011 - The African Union (AU) yesterday raised the new flag of the Republic of South Sudan, officially admitting the new State as one of the newest African country to join the Union.

The historic move was held in a special sitting of the AU Commission held at the AU conference hall in Addis Ababa, under the chairmanship of the AU Commissioner Mr. Jean Ping.

During the sitting, the seat of the Republic of South Sudan was placed in the AU and was taken up by Ambassador Arop Deng. Members of the AU Commission in the sitting warmly welcomed South Sudan Representative to the Commission.

Mr. Ping welcomed the membership of the Republic of South Sudan into the AU and described the welcoming ceremony as historic to the people of South Sudan and AU in general.

He said the birth of the new nation of South Sudan came as a result of a peaceful referendum led by the two parties, the SPLM and NCP. Mr Ping said the AU voted overwhelmingly to admit South Sudan. He officially declared that South Sudan has now become an African Union member number 54.

He said the birth of the new nation of South Sudan came as a result of a peaceful referendum led by the two parties, the SPLM and NCP, adding that, AU voted overwhelmingly to admit South Sudan.

The AU Boss officially declared South Sudan as the Union’s 54th Member.

In his key remarks when addressing the AU Commission meeting, the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir expressed his enthusiasm and commended the AU administration for admitting South Sudan as a Member in the Union.

Mr. Kiir reiterated South Sudan commitment to maintain a peaceful neighborliness with the Khartoum, saying the future generations of the two countries need peace and stability.

After the sitting, the flag of the Republic of South Sudan was hoisted among the African Union Commission flags in a very special ceremony organized by the AU Commission at the African Union commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The flag hoisting was conducted in the presence of the President Kiir, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia H.E Haile Marian Dastaly, and Chairperson of African Union Commission Mr. Jean Ping, besides other members of the AU/C.

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Reported by Thomas Kenneth, P.P.U,
Additional Info: Waakhe Simon Wudu

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