ALN hails Independence of South Sudan
Following the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of South Sudan on 9th July 2011, the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) hereby adopts a resolution hailing the great achievement by the people of South Sudan and recognizes South Sudan as a new independent state in Africa and the 193rd United Nations’ member state.
As the Network has been following the occurrence of events in South Sudan and in Sudan as a whole since the ratification of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Kenya on 9th January 2005, ALN concluded that the people of South Sudan went through all the democratic processes to reach their independence three months ago.
The ALN also welcomes the democratic moves by north Sudan to respect the decision of the people of South Sudan who chose to form their own nation.
The ALN has learnt that north Sudan closed all its borders with South Sudan after the Declaration of South Sudan as an Independent State. The ALN condemns that action also urges the two countries to repair and maintain their relations, diplomatically, socially and politically. Both Sudan and South Sudan should apply soft borders and avoid restricting the movements of their citizens to allow the free conduct of both small scale and large scale businesses across the borders.
As a country which remains underdeveloped in Africa, ALN calls on all the interested partners to consider particular activities that can contribute to the building and development of South Sudan.