The Brazilian Government welcomes the proclamation of the Independence of South Sudan, on 9 July 2011, and conveys to the people and Government of the most recent member of international community its compliments and wishes for peace and prosperity.
The Independence of South Sudan arises out of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in 2005, between the North and the South of Sudan, which brought four decades of civil war between the two regions to an end. The creation of the new State has shown the aspirations of the South Sudanese people who expressed, in a peaceful and transparent way, their desire for independence by means of a popular referendum, last January.
The Brazilian Government reiterates its willingness to cooperate with the Republic of South Sudan and to contribute to its social and economic sustainable development.
Aware of still pending issues between the new country and the Republic of Sudan, the Brazilian Government expresses its confidence that the parts may overcome their differences through understanding and dialogue and work together towards stability and prosperity in the region.
The Brazilian Government was represented at the independence ceremony by Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto, Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs III of the Ministry of External Relations.