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AU threatens sanctions for those inciting violence in S. Sudan

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December 31, 2013 (JUBA) - African leaders have threatened to take appropriate measures against those perpetuating violence in South Sudan if they do not desist and accept peaceful means as a way to end the conflict.

"The council expresses its intention to take appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against all those who incite violence, including along ethnic lines, continues hostilities undermine the envisaged inclusive dialogue", the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) said in a statement on 30 December.

The extraordinary emergency meeting of the AUPSC in Gambia - the current chair of the council - was convened with a view to finding a solution to the current crisis in the African Union’s 54th member state.

A senior South Sudanese diplomat at the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the meeting in Banjul hoped to find a way to address the crisis in Africa’s youngest nation.

"It was a good meeting in the sense that the council came out with a strong position urging all concerned and the stakeholders to exercise utmost restraint and to desist from actions which will render the current situation unmanageable. It has laid emphasis on the relevant African Union instruments and reiterated its stance for a non-violent settlement of all political differences through dialogue and reconciliation; this was what the council said later after concluding the meeting in a statement extended to us", he said.

East African body, IGAD - the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development - is mediating talks between the government and the groups that have rebelled against the government led by former Vice President Riek Machar.

President Salva Kiir accused Machar and others of attempting to stage a coup on 15 December. This has been denied but since then Machar has declared himself the leader of factions from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) who have defected over the last two weeks in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.

Machar has demanded that political prisoners be released before peace talks can begin. So far the government has said it will release eight of 11 senior members of the ruling SPLM it has detained for the last two weeks.

Over 180,000 people have been displaced and at least 1,000 people killed according to the United Nations.

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  • 1 January 04:43, by Tutbol

    Let the AU gives it damn sanctions have gone this useless club threats before. When it comes to S Sudan, every fool in the world would want to stick their filthy noses in their affairs. But if its come to problems in S Khordufan, S Blue Nile or Darfur; no one gives a shit about them. Do these clowns think that S Sudanese problems internal problems are more important than other internal problems?

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    • 1 January 04:50, by omoni jr.

      AU need to start that damn sanction to genocidal regime of salva kiir. Kiir started incited violence since Reik machar interested to run for presidency come 2015. And december 15 started ethnic cleansing by murdering over 1000 Nuer civilians within hour.

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    • 1 January 04:51, by Tutbol

      Every West media propaganda machine has been project in to S Sudan as if the Dinka & Nuer rivalries is something new. Let think calm down a bit every West propagandist machine like those of James Corpanall will get their field days in S Sudanese jail very soon. The UK & US have shown their dirty teeth to S Sudanese & they will likewise see that S Sudanese don’t like bullies.

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      • 1 January 05:50, by Observer

        Tutbol
        Your continual rantings are so monotonous and boring..

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        • 1 January 07:53, by Knight In Shining Armor

          Observer, why don’t you shut up your mouth. What are you observing here anyway? Are you an agent for western world? Don’t you think the hands of the western world are on what is happening in South Sudan? Africans are poor and have less power to fight the west but, they know what is happening. Who is not mindful of those avaricious offenders? Stephen Hawkins once said, “The human greedy will one da

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          • 1 January 07:54, by Knight In Shining Armor

            who is not mindful of those avaricious offenders? Stephen Hawkins once said, “The human greedy will one day bring an end to the universe”. Indeed, he was talking about greediness of the western world. Westerners are carnivores that never get satisfied.

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        • 1 January 20:35, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Dr. Defector Riek believes that killing the largest tribe to become the President of South Sudan of many tribes would make him become a flag bearer. No way. Do the math again Dr. Defector. The track record of your violence since 1991-2013/2014 would never impose you on the dreamed Nuer State, leave alone South Sudan. South Sudan knows who and who to vote for, not a coup addict.

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          • 1 January 20:44, by Adodi Jotuwa

            South Sudan does not belong to Nuer & Dinka alone. It belongs to all South Sudanese regardless of being the majority/minority. One tribe can never impose Dr. Defector Riek on us. The current Presiden was never imposed on by his tribe to be the flag bearer but track record which Dr. Defector/Traitor Riek didn’t and will never have one besides orchestrating massive destruction, killings and looting

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            • 1 January 21:00, by Adodi Jotuwa

              ...displacement of innocent souls. Lou-Nuer will regret tomorrow at the end of the day. Track record of Dr. Defector/Traitor Riek tells us that he can never launch sustained attacks on one tribe, leave alone the whole of South Sudan. If you want peace and developemnt, not based on tribal but South Sudanese backings, leave Dr. Traitor Riek alone with his quest for Presidency.

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              • 1 January 21:12, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Bor is not Juba, Pibor, Kapoeta, Torit or Yambio. Bor is gonna be retaken sooner than later. Believe me or not. Never lie to the whole world that your destructive forces are advancing toward Juba while in reality, you are in control of Bentiu town only, not the whole of Unity State. Likewise, only part of Bor Town is under your control. Why do you rush to lie to the media, please?

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                • 1 January 21:23, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Can lies boost morale of Lou-Nuer who proved to be armed professional looters? Bullets of your destructive forces didn’t kill Dinka Bor only, didn’t destroy properties of Dinka Bor only,and didn’t loot houses and shops of Dinka Bor only but of South Sudanese and foreigners alike. Do your forces believe that they have nothing to lose at the end of the day? WIll they never wake up to their senses?

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                  • 1 January 21:36, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Did bullets of your destructive forces avoid the relatives and properties belongning to the detainedd gisgruntled ex-ministers and the head of your delegation Rebecca Nyandeng who have connived in the failed coup attempt of December 15th, 2013? What is the exit strategy from the tribal backings, hoping to impose you as the President of RSS on South Sudanese?

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      • 1 January 14:20, by Wani khooto

        tutbol,
        can u learn to be intellectual,the western world concern is due to the nature u Nuer are fighting the war,why killing just dinka yet majority of their politicians are in prison supporting your fool machar,try to come to eastern equatorial and we will teach u a lesson.we call it political war and u idiot call it tribal war.thank to DR LAM AKOL "who said that only a fool will ever follow nue

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