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South Sudan enters United Nations as 193rd member

The UN officially welcomed South Sudan into its ranks yesterday with a unanimous vote. The country, only officially born on Saturday after voting to secede from the north in January, became the UN's 193rd member, the BBC reports.

"At this moment … in this place … the world gathers to say in one voice: Welcome, South Sudan. Welcome to the community of nations," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the vote, UN News Centre reports.

The new nation faces humanitarian concerns as ripples of violence continue from the decades-long conflict with the north in which over 1.5 million people died. In addition, the country is one of the least developed areas of the world. However, its entrance into the UN shows the way that South Sudan seeks to promote objectives such as security, peace, prosperity, friendship and cooperation between other countries as well as internally, said Joseph Deiss, assembly president.

The BBC reports that North and South Sudan have yet to figure out the ways they will divide the old nation's debts and oil wealth, but Vice President Riek Machar pledged that his new nation would foster peace and growth within the country and in the region.  
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