Thursday, July 7, 2011
South Sudan finalizes arrangements to become world newest state
JUBA/KHARTOUM, July 7 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan has finalized its arrangements to become the world's newest state via declaration of independence slated on July 9.
Abdon Agaw Jok, secretary general of the government of southern Sudan on Thursday expected that over 600 guests would participate in the celebrations.
Speaking to reporters, he said that the ceremony of independence would be held on the square where the tomb of leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) John Garang located in the north of Juba.
He said as scheduled, the celebrations would be addressed by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Chairman of SPLM Salva Kiir Mayardit, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, representatives of the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Arab League (AL) besides heads of delegations of China and the United States.
Gier Chuang, in charge of internal affairs in the south sudan government, for his part, announced the completion of all arrangements to hold the historical event of south Sudan independence on July 9, saying that the authorities has adopted all the security measures to the safeguard the ceremony.
Speaking at a press conference in Juba on Wednesday, he urged the citizens to cooperate fully with the security authorities and warned the armed groups to refrain from disturbing the stability in all south Sudan states.