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U.S. voices support for South Sudan's development plans

(Xinhua)

09:26, December 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday voiced full support for South Sudan's plans for development, saying the United States and its partners stand ready to "help preserve and finalize a hard-won peace" in the newest nation on earth.

Addressing an International Engagement Conference on South Sudan in Washington, a two-day event aiming to draw private investment into the country, the top U.S. envoy hailed the " ambitious vision for development" laid out by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit, saying "Those are plans that we fully support."

She called for partnership between South Sudan and the international community in helping "create the conditions that make successful development possible."

She laid emphasis, among others, on "real peace and security" with an end to war, transparency and accountability, policies that favor broad, inclusive, and sustainable growth, strong institutions, and corruption elimination.

She warned South Sudan of the so-called natural resource curse, saying the country's abundant natural resources will either help finance its own path out of poverty, or will enrich only a small elite, outside interests, corporations and countries.

Citing Norway and Botswana as two alternative visions for South Sudan, Clinton noted that the two countries put their natural resources into a trust fund to support the needs of their peoples.

South Sudan, which won independence from Sudan on July 9, is among the poorest in the world, with a high maternal and child mortality rate, a high illiteracy rate, very limited infrastructure and an economy dependent on oil exports.

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