South Sudan "Free at last"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre); Riek Machar Teny (right), Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan; and Joseph Deiss (left), President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, attend the flag-raising ceremony to mark the admission of the Republic of South Sudan to the community of nations.

The people of South Sudan are, in the words of the Vice-President of the newly independent country, "free at last".

Vice-President Riek Machar was speaking as his country's flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.

South Sudan officially became independent on July 9th after voting in a referendum to secede from its northern neighbour.

Devi Palanivelu asked Mr Machar how he felt on the historic occasion.

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