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South Sudan leader vows not to forget civil war

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South Sudan leader vows not to forget civil war


The world’s newest nation, South Sudan, has been celebrating independence day with a huge ceremony in the capital Juba.

Salva Kiir was sworn in as President in front of his old civil war foe, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.

Given how hard he fought to keep the country united, his presence is being seen as a step towards healing wounds.

But as became clear from Kiir’s address, that may not be easy:

“We have to forgive although we will not forget,” he said.

Underlining how many issues north and south have still to settle, UN chief Ban Ki Moon urged cooperation.

“Let this be a moment for north and south to declare unequivocally that they remain committed to addressing the unfinished business of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” said the UN Secretary General.

That includes finalising their shared border, deciding the fate of the disputed Abyei region and working out how to divide the oil wealth that is the lifeblood of both their economies.

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