Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Vatican forges ties with South Sudan

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Vatican City, February 22 - The Holy See has
established diplomatic relations with South Sudan, one of about
40 states to do so, the Vatican said in a statement Friday.
South Sudan became an independent state on 9 July 2011,
following a referendum that passed with 98.83% of the vote and
six years after a civil war that ended in 2005.
It is a United Nations member state and a member of the
African Union.
Officially the Republic of South Sudan, and previously known
as Southern Sudan, it is a landlocked country in east-central
Africa.
Its current capital is Juba, also its largest city.
The capital is planned to move to the more centrally located
Ramciel in the future.
The modern states of South Sudan and Sudan were part of
Egypt under the Muhammad Ali Dynasty, later being governed as an
Anglo-Egyptian condominium until Sudanese independence was
achieved in 1956.
Following the First Sudanese Civil War, the Southern Sudan
Autonomous Region was formed in 1972 and lasted until 1983.
A second Sudanese civil war soon developed and ended with
the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005.
Later that year, southern autonomy was restored when an
Autonomous Government of Southern Sudan was formed.
Some 115 countries have recognised South Sudan.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi

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