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Taiwan recognizes new nation of South Sudan

ROC Central News Agency

2011/07/09 23:45:29

Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday recognized the Republic of South Sudan, the world's newest nation, as a sovereign and independent state.

The Republic of South Sudan officially declared independence earlier in the day, earning support by most members of the United Nations and the international community.

"As a proponent of democracy and freedom, the Republic of China (Taiwan) recognizes the Republic of South Sudan and extends its sincere congratulations and best wishes for the latter's bright and prosperous future," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement.

"Taiwan also applauds the Republic of Sudan for respecting the pursuit of independence and self-determination by the people of the southern Sudan," the statement said.

Noting that self-determination is a fundamental right recognized by the United Nations, the MOFA statement said the fate of a country should be decided by its people.

"Considering the obstacles faced by the people of South Sudan in recent years, their peaceful realization of independence via referendum on January 9, 2011 is a remarkable feat," the statement added.

South Sudan became the world's newest nation early Saturday, officially breaking away from Sudan after two civil wars over five decades that cost the lives of millions.

The United States and Britain were among the first countries to recognize South Sudanese independence. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Sofia Wu) enditem

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