Eu/south Sudan : Union Welcomes Birth of a New Nation
The European Union and its member states welcomed the independence of South Sudan and expressed their determination to establish close relations with the new state, on 9 July. "The EU was a witness to the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement. The peaceful referendum was a true reflection of the democratically expressed wishes of the people of South Sudan. On this historic day, the European Union and its 27 member states welcome the Republic of South Sudan as a new independent state," declared the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, at the official celebration of independence day in Juba.
The Union and its member states, which are prepared to offer support for the constitution of two viable, stable and prosperous states (see box), "look forward to further developing a close and long-term partnership with the Republic of South Sudan and its people," reads the EU declaration.
At the Foreign Affairs Council, on 20 June, the 27 ministers endorsed the EU's overall approach to Sudan and South Sudan. It aims principally to support the development of two democratic states and efforts to reach a settlement for Darfur, and to contribute to effective coordination of international assistance for the new state of South Sudan. Joint programming of development aid actions by the Union and member states is also in the works and is expected to result in adoption of the joint EU strategy document for South Sudan (November 2011). …