South Sudan Independence
Secretary of State
Countries should not be welcoming the Sudanese president because of the outstanding charges against him from the International Criminal Court. We believe that there are important principles to uphold when it comes to international justice. And, of course, we are also urging all countries to convince the Sudanese Government to fulfill its responsibilities under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to make sure that, as South Sudan becomes an independent nation next week, that the grounds for a positive relationship between north and sound will be established. So I hope that other countries will not offer the opportunity for a visit, but I hope all countries will give a clear, unmistakable message about what needs to be done to finish the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between north and south.