South Sudan has become the 193rd nation to join the United Nations

Members of the delegation of the Republic of South Sudan, led by Vice President Riek Machar Teny (right), follow the proceedings of the General Assembly meeting.

The Republic of South Sudan is now the 193rd member state of the United Nations.

The General Assembly passed the resolution, introduced by South Africa Thursday, by consensus.

In welcoming Africa's newest nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the country still needs to broker peace with its northern neighbour Sudan,  from which it seceded.

"It is imperative that you resolve outstanding differences with the same pragmatism and leadership that you have each shown so far. The well being and future prosperity of each depends on the other." Duration: 15″

The Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar Teny told the world body his country takes its responsibility as a member seriously.

"We have a daunting agenda in front of us we must first fulfil our responsibility to provide security and extend the rule of law." Duration: 9″

A separate flag raising ceremony for South Sudan was held outside the UN.

UN welcomes South Sudan as 193rd Member State

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