Though fighting still continues in their country, South Sudan may soon be making its first big step into the international community as an official nation.
The world’s newest country, which celebrates its full independence on Saturday, is on track to become the 193rd member of the United Nations as early as next week. This is according to the schedules laid out by the president of the U.N. Security Council. Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig, the council’s sitting president, says that he expects that South Sudan will be recommended for admittance to the U.N. in a ministerial meeting on July 13th. The General Assembly is expected to vote the country into membership the following day, July 14th.
According to The Associated Press:
Wittig said the council will be holding intensive consultations on a new U.N. mission for South Sudan which will include a peacekeeping force, international police, and civilians to help the new country build a democratic government.
He said negotiators have reached a provisional agreement on a future border monitoring mission but details must still be worked out.
It remains to be seen if and/or how membership in the U.N. will change the reality within Southern Sudan. The country remains plagued by fighting and bombing along its shared border with Sudan. Just this morning worried reports flooded in that Bashir’s Sudanese military had blocke U.N staff and was moving a large mass of troops into the Southern Kordofan oil state where 73,000 have fled since early June.
According to Reuters:
The violence has clouded preparations for the independence of south Sudan, due to take place on Saturday, and raised fears that fighting could spread south over the border.
Still, there was a glimpse of hope this week as the new government announced South Sudan had selected its national anthem after a nationwide contest.
According to CNN International:
The winner, beating 42 entries, features lyrics that exalt “martyrs whose blood cemented our national foundations,” set to a suitably anthemic arrangement of drums and parping horns.