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Estonia Plans to Recognise Independence of South Sudan


No. 241-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Estonia plans to recognise South Sudan, which declared its independence today. “The most important things are the stable development of South Sudan and its peaceful separation from North Sudan,” Paet noted. “This would help to calm the situation in the region as a whole,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet asserted that Estonia can support South Sudan’s first steps in building up a nation by recognising South Sudan and establishing diplomatic relations with the country as quickly as possible. “Since the humanitarian situation in South Sudan continues to be very poor, it is essential that we continue giving humanitarian aid,” he added.

Paet stated that it is the responsibility of the international community to help prevent further violence in South Sudan and the area around it and also prevent the occurrence of a failed state.
The peace treaty concluded in 2005 foresaw that an independence referendum would be carried out for South Sudan. The referendum took place in January 2011 and as a result South Sudan will become independent on 9 July. The government of Sudan has decided to recognise South Sudan as an independent country.

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