Canada Congratulates South Sudan on First Anniversary of Independence

OTTAWA, Canada, July 10, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ ? Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino today issued the following statement:

?One year ago, Canada welcomed the formal creation of South Sudan as an independent state?a momentous event for the people of South Sudan. Today, we celebrate the positive relationship between our two countries and the many links we share, including our commitment to building peace and prosperity across the continent.

?Canada remains concerned about the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, including the dire situation faced by those fleeing violence in Sudan. Canada also remains concerned about high rates of infant and maternal mortality and large portions of the population living in poverty. We are committed to assisting South Sudan address these issues and in its efforts to develop strong democratic institutions, address security concerns, and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law.

?We welcome initial efforts to implement the African Union road map endorsed by the UN Security Council, and we urge both parties to commit to the negotiation of outstanding bilateral issues.

?Together with our international partners, Canada will remain engaged in both Sudan and South Sudan to help ensure that both states remain viable and at peace internally and with each other. The recent extension for a second year of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, to which Canada provides military and police personnel, is a testament to this commitment.?

For more information about Canada?s engagement in Sudan and South Sudan, please visit Canada at work in Sudan and South Sudan.

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Canada ? Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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