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On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of South Sudan on the celebration of their independence.

Twelve years ago, upon the founding of the world’s youngest nation, then-President Barack Obama recognized the people of South Sudan for having “endured extraordinary hardship and sacrifices to determine their own destiny.” He highlighted their newly won “opportunity to realize a future where their lives are valued and their human rights are upheld.” Today, the United States reaffirms its commitment to stand with the people of South Sudan in pursuit of a democratic future and a society marked by dignity, opportunity, prosperity, and peace.

We call upon South Sudan’s leaders to address the impediments to realizing their people’s aspirations. We urge the transitional government to implement measures necessary to conduct free, fair, and peaceful elections; to fight corruption in public office, business, and industry; to build a unified security service that respects human rights; and to develop democratic institutions that ensure South Sudan is responsive to the needs of its people.

U.S. Department of State

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