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Jul142011

UN Welcomes South Sudan as Newest Member

Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Sudan's United Nations Ambassador, speaks before the UN General Assembly after the body voted to admit the newly formed nation of South Sudan to the UN on July 14, 2011 at UN headquarters in New York. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The United Nations General Assembly, following up on the unanimous recommendation of the Security Council, has voted to make South Sudan its 193rd and newest member.

The oil rich nation has seen an uptick in violence this year, forcing the UN to establish two peacekeeping missions within the past month.

South Sudan is the first new UN member since Montenegro in 2006.

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