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US, EU threaten sanctions against South Sudan’s warring parties

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March 19, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - South Sudanese warring parties may face sanctions if they obstruct the IGAD-led peace process to end the three-month conflict said special envoys of the United States and the European Union on Wednesday.

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Rebel chief negotaitor,Taban Deng Gai, (C) talks to US envoy Donald Booth (R) during the opening ceremony of peace talks in Addis Ababa on 4 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Carl de Souza)

The United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the European Union said in a joint statement they "expect " the South Sudan government and the rebel SPLM-In-Opposition to engage constructively in the peace negotiations.

"If the government or any other actor tries to undermine the peace process and rebuff the IGAD heads of state, they will face consequences," said a statement released in Addis Ababa 24 hours before the expected resumption of peace talks after a two-week break.

EU envoy for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos and US envoy for the two Sudans Donald Booth told reporters that their countries consider some "measures" against those who hamper the peace process, without elaborating .

The European Union "stands ready to consider targeted restricted measures against individuals obstructing the political process," said Rondos. While Booth told reporters that Washington was "considering what measures might be taken".

Since the start of the conflict on 15 December, the American administration exercised discreet pressures on the two parties to stop hostilities and settle their difference peacefully.

However observers say this statement shows failure of the American past efforts to bring the warring parties to end the conflict.

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  • 20 March 06:42, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    There will be peace if you take out your whore, trashy and meddling tramp Hilde out of our country. Norway is a great nation that is being misled into evil by useless French food lovers.

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    • 20 March 06:50, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Donald Booth looked like he wanted to kiss this sick man from the head to the toes[Husuin maar]

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      • 20 March 07:04, by Malakal county Simon

        Just freeze Kiir assets as well as strick travel ban on him, then there will be lasting peace!!!!

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      • 20 March 07:05, by Mi diit

        Mrs Akiir’s regime has qualified for the sanctions. They have attacked Malakal just 24 hours before resumption of peace talks in Addis. So what are US, EU, Norway waiting for? This regime will never listen to anybody as long as its gets military support from Uganda and the rest.

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        • 20 March 07:23, by Chol A.

          If threat sanction language is best way to bring peace between thugs rebels and Spla than let it be. that is where we can see who will be defeated.

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      • 20 March 07:13, by Bentiu son

        Dear members of US and EU,first you must know that the so called IGAD members State are not neutral to bring finally peace political settlement to 3 months conflict which destroyed more lives,properties and facilities. Did the US and EU heard that IGAD countries want to deploy their troops to side with genocidal regime of Salva Kiir? Why no pressure to Kiir regime who doesn’t stick on CoHA signed

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        • 20 March 07:22, by Bentiu son

          last 23 January which granted the withdrawal of Ugandan, JEM,SRF and SPLA-N troops across the country in addition of unconditional release of 4 SPLM prominent members false detained by painful regime of Salva Kiir. Waw!Interest too, No, US or EU should not encourage unstoppable negotiation without implementation from side of Juba Dinka led Government.We expected ur more pressure with actions

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      • 20 March 15:16, by Jewish Ally

        if people think that the can benefit from sanction or war let it be but after all South Sudanese people are the sufferer of this war. and most especially my innocent Nuer people who new nothing in politic. Dr Machar must be blame and held responsible for all this mass up.

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    • 20 March 07:20, by Ayom Ayom

      Sanctions will not solve the problem, instead they will increase change for war in South Sudan

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    • 20 March 09:04, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar spokesman says,our forces have withdrawn from Malakal for tactical reasons. We will however retakethe town soon.You talk like stupid person,come even if you come 100 times,you are the loser after all nuer children are to suffer,no food ,no education,This is not the first time SPLA are at war with only Nuer rebels,they did in 1991 and they will do it Again even if you join Bashir.

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  • 20 March 15:57, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors are now dancing in Malakal (Latjor City) after coward Jaang/Slaves stayed in the town for less than 24 hrs.
    Shame on coward Jaang/Slaves!

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