LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 9, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ ? Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

?I congratulate the government and people of South Sudan on the anniversary of the birth of the world?s newest nation. One year ago today, I attended Independence Day celebrations in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and officially opened the UK?s Embassy there. I promised the South Sudanese people that the United Kingdom would work with them to build stability and prosperity, based on lasting peace with South Sudan?s neighbours, full integration into the region and strong co-operation with the international community.

?The events of the past year have underlined the importance of strong political leadership in achieving peace and building a successful nation which will benefit all the people of South Sudan. I call on the Governments of South Sudan and Sudan to demonstrate that leadership now, by creating a lasting peace with each other which will allow both nations to thrive. The UK will continue to offer its full support to South Sudan as it builds a more secure and prosperous future.?


United Kingdom ? Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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