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EU countries commit themselves to implement arms embargo on South Sudan


August 11, 2018 (JUBA) - The Council of the European Union has committed the EU governments to implement an arms embargo on South Sudan decided last July by the United Nations Security Council.

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European flags are seen outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels (Reuters Photo)

"The Council has transposed UN Security Council resolution 2428 (2018) which notably imposes an arms embargo and adds two persons to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures," said a statement released on Friday.

On 13 July, the Security Council decided that, until 31 May 2019, all Member States will prevent the supply, sale or transfer to South Sudan of arms and related material, and withhold training, technical and financial assistance related to military activities or materials.

The narrowly adopted resolution further extended its sanctions regime in South Sudan and imposed a travel ban and assets freeze on Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army turned rebel leader, and Malek Ruben Riak, former Deputy Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army.

The two generals are accused of fomenting violence and hampering efforts for peace in South Sudan.

The European Union has been imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan since its independence in 2011.

In fact, the ban goes back to 1994 when the European Union has embargoed arms supplies to Sudan due to the civil war in southern Sudan. In July 2011 the embargo was amended so that it would cover arms supplies to Sudan and the newly independent state of South Sudan.

Also, Paul Malong Awan and Malek Ruben Riak have been already hit by EU sanctions since 2 February 2018 for being involved in serious human rights violations.

"The Council adopted these additional sanctions, then, in view of the ever deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in South Sudan and considering the lack of commitment by some actors to the ongoing peace process," said the statement.

The statement further stressed that " the total number of persons under EU restrictive measures in view of the situation in South Sudan is nine, of which eight are listed by the UN".

Last April, the Council expressed the EU’s "deep concern" over the armed conflict and grave violations of human rights in South Sudan and called to end the fighting through a negotiated settlement.


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  • 12 August 11:08, by Jongo

    EU Where’s the problem update yourselves South Sudan is not longer need ARMS It needs pencils, medicine, infrastructures, development. South Sudan in enjoying peace these days do not spoil this mode Warning you not to touch & you won’t walk free or you are not welcomed in SS

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  • 12 August 11:21, by Games

    God bless EU

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  • 12 August 13:18, by Eastern

    Malong should be hiding in the bushes of Aweil not Kenya! Let UhuRuto know this or they are not being compliant with the rule of the game...!

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  • 12 August 17:06, by Theone

    I have been carrying the guns since I was 10 years old and so others comrades.
    Who said the guns are the problem?

    People like Riak, Lam Akol and the like will use all means necessary to get the power.

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  • 12 August 17:32, by One people

    Listen to this stupid idiot men or women name Games.
    bless yourself and your family first before you bless someone else ya idiot Arab inta. Ya Games let me ask you something example, if you’re in president Kiir place today or you’re the King of SS today or the leader of the whole Africa continent, do you think that you can imposed sanctions on any European country or even to get closer to their>>

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    • 12 August 17:46, by One people

      business? Games, don’t support something that you don’t know why or what is behind it. If you’re South Sudanese, you shouldn’t support anything witches not good for your country even though if your leaders aren’t a good leaders, no matter what, one day your country will have a good leader because God didn’t great human being to leave forever. We South Sudanese we’re still learning on how to>>

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      • 12 August 18:29, by One people

        rule a country with its citizens just like what happened in United States before, they fought each other in 1861, that war is called CIVIL WAR. Brother fought brother at the end, they stop fighting each other and they start building a great country that everyone is afraid of, the country that everyone respected it today. Oh; I forgot, why they didn’t get arms embargo or sanction until today?

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        • 12 August 19:50, by Games

          One people
          Answer, yes if they did what Salva Kiir is doing to the citizens of South Sudan. Massive destruction, displacing civilians, rapping, Torturing and killing them in big numbers. restricted of those guns from Eastern Africa to south Sudan will saves more lives.

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          • 13 August 05:31, by Pakuai

            Which country in the EU has South Sudan ever buy weapons & arms from? Many African countries don’t buy weapons from the US & Many of the Northern Europe countries. Since the whole Africa is considered a European & American backyard & that they can easily occupy if they so chose and to arm African countries may prove to be a long term bad business for Europe & the US strategic thinking>>>

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            • 13 August 05:36, by Pakuai

              But many policy makers in some European countries of the UK, France and their US are living their 19s century fantasy land. There are a few countries who are still snoozing and pandering to some European and the US countries like Ivory coast though. But majority of African countries are pretty much ahead of the game anyway>>>

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              • 13 August 05:43, by Pakuai

                All the then French West & Central Africa colonies have the French troops in their countries. And that is why the military coups are prevalent in former French colonists. Because every time, any leader from those former French colonies come up and don’t tow some rules set in Paris. Then he/she out & replaced with a guy who speak those unpublished codes of rules>>>

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                • 13 August 05:49, by Pakuai

                  With the US has her Liberia & Liberia people in her pocket to through & through. The US even wanted to have her army base established in Ghana some 7 or 8 years ago. But the then former Ghanian president refused. The UK has their mercenaries in Seirra Leone in form the so-called UN peacekeeping>>>

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                  • 13 August 05:55, by Pakuai

                    The US & the UK want to make Somalia their permanent army base. The same US, the UK and France already have their permanent army bases in Djibouti & Saudi Arabia. The UK always use a dubious mean to use central Kenya as their quirky base. But Kenya government was put on notice a few years ago to never allow their country for those cheap & dirty intrigues>>>

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                    • 13 August 05:58, by Pakuai

                      And don’t know how much the UK pay the Kenyan government to allow those vermins in their country. But the Kenyans are going to regret it later. With us here in South Sudan, creepy occupational army is their UN UNIMISS so-called peacekeepers>>>

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                      • 13 August 06:03, by Pakuai

                        Those of us who know all these Europeans & corporate America dirty intrigues were against any deployment of the so-called UN peacekeeping project into our country after then UNIMIS project expired in July 2011. We were sternly rebuked that we were just young boys with some bad attitudes towards white people. And before long, the white people behind the UN UNIMISS in country showed their true>>>

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                        • 13 August 06:13, by Pakuai

                          colours to our lowly informed elders. Now they have known their UN, NGOs & their so-called peacekeeping force are our country & our people real enemies after all. But as our Dinkas/Monyjang of the Sudan saying goes, "duone ran jony areet ke lo tueng, jony ran areet ke dhuk cien (Never insisted of warning a loaded man matching ahead, rebuke him/her sternly when he/she is returning back"

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                          • 13 August 06:19, by Pakuai

                            Some of our elders are now trying to understand that the European countries of the UK, France & their US use their so-called ’UN, humanitarian aid, their so-called peacekeeping, donations and human rights’ as their 21s century neo-colonialism and occupations of the so-called third world countries with resources. The most glaring example of this is our next door, Dr Congo>>>

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                            • 13 August 06:24, by Pakuai

                              The UN, the NGOs & their so-called peacekeeping mercenaries have never ever left DR Eastern Congo since 1960s. And this is precisely what the US, the UK, France, their UN & NGOs want to extend to our country. But this is South Sudan though, a Dinkas/Monyjangs of the Sudan country. A country of people who have an absolute contempt towards any evil on earth who thinks he/she can stand over our necks

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                              • 13 August 06:33, by Pakuai

                                If at all there were to be some states where we can could put some of our Nuers & Shilluks together. We would have done it to get rid of these of lawless crims out of our back. Their messy lifestyles & aimless armed rebellion had become our country’s & our people existential problems. Same go to some Barias in Juba. Some of these losers complaint just over everything on earth>>>

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                                • 13 August 06:38, by Pakuai

                                  Some of these Barias even called themselves civilized than the Dinkas/Jenges. Where did they got their civilization from. They don’t tell anyone. Their Juba was nothing when we went in 2005. National dialogue to iron out all these bullshits were the right start but there are some criminals who don’t the whole truth to be told, but they just want the war to continue and always blame the Dinkas>>>

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                                  • 13 August 06:43, by Pakuai

                                    or Jenges to make a living of their names. If you really ask some of Bari losers. What land has been taken by the Dinkas/Jenges and for those people to come forward, they will never this land or that land and not even one of them will even dare come forward. But on Sudan tribune, they claim their land has been taken. A few years ago, those allegations were proved nonsense>>>

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                                    • 13 August 06:48, by Pakuai

                                      Most of these Barias sell their lands & then go and tell lies that their lands have been taken by force by the Dinkas/Jenges. But many Barias themselves came out and defended some of those Dinkas/Jenges accused to taken other people land force. Yes, the issue of cattle was a big problem not to Barias alone, but all other South Sudanese with cattle>>>

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                                      • 13 August 06:54, by Pakuai

                                        Mundari cattle are the ones that caused much of damages to Bari crops than the Dinkas/Jenges. All the Dinkas cattle camps have long since moved back to Jonglei states. There are still Dinkas/Jenges cattle camps which still go to up to Mongala. But all these arrangements are between the Bor South Dinkas/Jiengs and the Mundari communities>>>

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  • 13 August 14:52, by White Nation

    I support arms embargo to South Sudan because Salva Kiir with his groups always planned to kills Nuer Politicians Shuluk Politicians Equatorian Politicians and some Dinkia politician who are not supporting him and innocents civilian are always killed by his gang soldiers which cannot benefit anyone in South Sudan.and iknow sanction canbe withdraw anytime but people who was killed will not come bac

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