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U.S. propose more UN sanctions, arms embargo on S. Sudan


September 11, 2017 (JUBA) - The United States proposed to impose an international arms embargo on South Sudan if there is no positive development in the implementation of the peace agreement, diplomatic sources told Sudan Tribune..

Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally in in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., July 29, 2016. (Reuters Photo)

The proposal was made during a joint meeting for the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council held in Addis Ababa on 8 September 2017.

The meeting, which discussed different conflicts including Somalia, South Sudan, and central Africa countries, was briefed by UN special envoy to the AU, Haile Menkerios, about the poor implementation of the peace agreement and underlined that the 2018 elections can only be held if the security situation is stable.

Menkerios who was the former UN envoy for Sudan and South Sudan also said the dialogue process launched by President Salva Kiir is not a substitute to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCRSS) of August 2015.

For his part, the U.S. diplomat who represented his country at the meeting said the ARCRSS should be fully implemented before to hold general elections in South Sudan.

In addition, he proposed that if things did not change, further targeted sanctions and an arms embargo may be needed in order to get the parties to change their behaviour.

However, the Russian delegate objected the proposal saying such punitive measures are ineffective pointing that there are plenty of illegal weapons in the new country.

For their part, the members of the African Union Peace and Security members pointed to the need to hold the revitalization process decided by the IGAD countries last June.

In November 2016, the U.S demanded the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Malong and Minister Lueth for hampering the peace process in the world’s youngest nation. But the draft resolution was vetoed by the Russian and Chinese envoys at the Security Council

The armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) leader, also the country’s former First Vice President, Riek Machar was also on the rejected list.

Last week, the U.S Treasury Department decided to blacklist Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, the deputy chief of defence for logistics in the SPLA and three companies reportedly he established abroad. Further, the sanctions include Paul Malong, the former army chief who was dismissed in May; and Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth.

In July 2015, the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on six South Sudanese generals accused of fuelling conflict in the world’s youngest nation. The generals, three from each side of the conflict, were meant to face global travel bans and asset freezes.

South Sudan’s civil war has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million people since it broke out in mid-December 2013.


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  • 11 September 2017 16:50, by garrak1520

    Hopefully Russia and China do see the sufferance of the people of South Sudan and support the UN sanctions.The $$billions out pocketed by China alone and already consumed by Kiir and cronies could be paid back if China can peacefully start full production of oil alone no metals included. China needs peace in S.Sudan, so vote for sanctions on Kiir and arms embargo on S.Sudan.

    • 11 September 2017 19:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      South Sudan, problem need military solution to apply not sanction or political solution.
      Only military application is needed to be in place for South Sudan.

  • 11 September 2017 19:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I thinks this civil war of Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, will go up-to more than 21 years old of former war between Sudan and Southern Sudan.

  • 11 September 2017 22:39, by john akeen

    Never support something that you can’t fix it later on. Imposing arms embargo on South Sudanese it means your country will be weak on self defence and nobody will be afraid of you, wish mean anybody can come to your country to take your food easily without any business talk with you because you’re weak, being weak means no power, that’s why in so many Africans countries are so weak

    • 11 September 2017 23:09, by john akeen

      because they think that Europeans and U.S are nice to them, why European countries are so strong then Africans countries? Don’t agree with anything that this people tells you ok

      • 11 September 2017 23:18, by john akeen

        they are not going to fix you, all they want is to make you weak. If you see what they are doing you will be smart and you will not gonna agree with anything that they want to do with you, why sometime they’re on the government side and sometime they’re on the Rebellion’s side? why they can’t stand with one side? Are you a fool men

    • 12 September 2017 06:07, by Tilo

      Sanction them and impose arm embargo on SS.
      SS cannot understand peaceful resolution, The gov’t have been fooling n playing with the world body. China n Russia should stay away from this affairs. The ordinary citizen has suffered enough there4 sanction and embargo is necessary.
      The Africans countries are weak because of corruption n poor governance system n dictatorship

  • 11 September 2017 23:25, by Nairobimitot

    Guys, do not worry about external forces about what they may do or want. The SPLM leadership is smarter than anyone in this world. They will deal with any situation created by the external force.

  • 11 September 2017 23:25, by Nairobimitot

    Guys, do not worry about external forces about what they may do or want. The SPLM leadership is smarter than anyone in this world. They will deal with any situation created by the external force.

  • 12 September 2017 03:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Squeeze the Dinka army and provide logistics to the opposition then this crude J1 system would evaporate in the atmosphere. I believe this is the way these occupiers and barbaric political system can be eradicated for good. Imagine 2 million refugees in Uganda, thousands in Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia. Surely the government is not the government of the people.

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