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Legal assistance for S. Sudan in bid to end US sanctions

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December 11, 2011 (JUBA) - Luka Biong Deng, a senior member of the South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and an executive director of the non-profit Africa/US cooperation corporation, KUSH, on Sunday released a statement thanking a US legal firm for their help in the quest to end sanctions imposed upon South Sudan.

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Luka Biong Deng (AP)

South Sudan is still affected by some of the sanctions which were imposed on Sudan before its secession in July 2011. These sanctions were imposed on Sudan by the US as it considered a state sponsor of terrorism, along with Iran, Syria and Cuba.

Deng said in an e-mail message extended to Sudan Tribune that KUSH “have engaged a pro-bono legal firm in the US, Wiley Rein, to assist Kush Inc in its application to US Government for the exemption of South Sudan from US sanctions on Sudan, particularly in petroleum sector.” 

Biong left the government in Khartoum after the invasion of the contested Abyei region by the Sudan Armed Forces in May 2011.

The letter dated 9 December registered appreciation on behalf of the government of and people of South Sudan.

Several ministers including Nhial Deng Nhial, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation; Deng Alor Kuol, minister of cabinet affairs; Kosti Manibe, minister of finance and economic planning; Oyai Deng Ajak, minister of national security in the office of the president; Emmanual Lowaila, minister in the office of the president; and Stephen Dhieu Dau, minister of petroleum and mining were copied in the letter recognising assistance made by the firm.

Deng described the "tremendous" contribution of Wiley Rein, specifically with regards to their engagement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US State Department regarding sanctions.

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  • 12 December 2011 05:45, by Mi diit

    There is no reason why South Sudan should be sanctioned by the US government. The sanctions affected South Sudan simply by the virtue of being part of the united Sudan in the past. Now that it is an independent country, it should automatically exempted.

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  • 12 December 2011 05:46, by omoni jr.

    The sanction should be only apply to some of the clowns and Ncp zoo bandits who think that sudan is only belong their families.This sanction unfortunately harmed all ordinaries human beings across the country.

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    • 12 December 2011 07:28, by mohammed ali

      OMNI,do NCP bandits steel $ 3.3 billions in two years only!Luka Piong now have secured a safe place for himself and family away from the misery of the poor marginalized southerners.He is talking about non-profit organization..oh dear he had already taken the profit!Join Helda Jones to repatriate the stolen money of the innocent people.His name is on the list of those supposed to repatriate money!

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