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US urges deployment of African troops to avert possible ‘genocide’ in S. Sudan

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 1, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The United States’ Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Thursday warned of a possible genocide in South Sudan unless concerted measures are taken to rapidly arrest the ongoing violence.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)

Kerry arrived in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, late on Wednesday on the first leg of a three-country tour of Africa.

Government sources told Sudan Tribune that the US official earlier held meetings in Addis Ababa with the foreign ministers of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda over the crises in South Sudan.

He told the IGAD member state foreign ministers that there was an urgent need to deploy a regional force in South Sudan to quell the violence which has killed tens of thousands and forced over a million people flee their homes since the conflict erupted in mid-December.

Failure to swiftly deploy the Prevention and Deterrent Force (PDF), with special mandate of peace building, Kerry said could lead to a possible genocide in the world’s youngest nation.

"There are very disturbing leading indicators of the kind of ethnic, tribal, targeted nationalistic killings taking place that raise serious questions," Kerry said.

"Were they to continue in the way they’ve been going could really present a very serious challenge to the international community with respect to the questions of genocide," he added.

The UN has already deployed some 9,000 peacekeepers in South Sudan but regional leaders mediating the South Sudan peace talks have decided to send more African troops.

This has been rejected by rebels led by former vice president Riek Machar. Some analysts have questioned the efficiency of having a new peacekeeping force in South Sudan, which may undermine the existing UN mission.

He further warned of possible sanctions against the leaders of the two South Sudan warring sides, whose forces are both accused of ethnic targeted killings.

"Those who are responsible for targeted killings based on ethnicity or nationality have to be brought to justice, and we are actively considering sanctions against those who commit human rights violations and obstruct humanitarian assistance.”

John Kerry said the United States fully supports African-led peace efforts to tackle the conflict.

After the discussions, Kerry and the IGAD representatives agreed that the fighting in South Sudan must stop urgently to prevent further blood shed and to stop the worsening humanitarian catastrophe.

"It is clear that the unspeakable violence in Central African Republic, the deliberate killing of civilians of both sides in South Sudan, both of those underscore the urgency of the work that we have to do together," he added.

Kerry is expected to meet Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, before heading to visit DR Congo and Angola as part of his six-day tour of Africa.

The South Sudan government and rebels have been engaged in on off peace talks since January.

The two sides signed an initial ceasefire agreement on 23 January however that agreement did not halt fighting on ground.

A new round of peace talks resumed this week but there are no signs of progress.

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  • 2 May 2014 07:20, by mathem jech amer

    The so called anyalist are Riek supporters, why are they rejecting African force and prefer UN force which has done nothing since fighting started? civilians killed in their presence but no action.In darfur there were UN and African Union force, even in Somalia, there are many forces operating in Paraalel, why not South Sudan?

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    • 2 May 2014 07:49, by Bentiu son

      Hey!mathem jech amer,you Dinka Thugs want to bring foreigners in the Country to shield your Dinka Kingdom,yourselves and your undemocratic brutal regime under your alcoholic President Salva Kiir.Noway idiot,you can’t massacred 17,613 Nuer civilians and expected peace before lawful compensation of those victims whom you had cowardly assassinated. We have to compensate them before finally peace inke

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      • 2 May 2014 09:03, by mathem jech amer

        Bentiu son
        Don’t always give us those fake numbers of yours concerning those killed in Juba. Ask UN to correct that from 10,000 to 17,000 if you have evidence that will show photos, names and residential areas where 17,512 were killed.

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      • 2 May 2014 12:08, by barbayo

        break News
        leader of rebels was lose mid night Reik Machar , a meeting was done this morning 2/5/2014 secretly by senior rebel officers to appoint acting leader , the propose names are , James kaong Chuol, Peter Gadet, Gabriel Choungson Choug, Taban Deng Gai , Angelina Teny and Lad Gore
        second list include , Wani Thombi , Hassen Marnyuot

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        • 2 May 2014 14:44, by Mi diit

          America seems to be in a state of confusion. Last time they pushed Uganda to deploy troops to South Sudan and Uganda turned against the opposition forces. Now they want to repeat the same mistake by encouraging regional troops to fight the rebels. Will this bring peace if rebels will fight back?

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  • 2 May 2014 08:53, by hamil

    Dear S. Sudanese, if we really love this country we should say enough is enough we have engaged in cyber and physical conflicts and the arguements, counter accusations and blames will not solve the contineous problems in this country. The reality is both the rebels and Government have their shares of blame in killing innocent civilians but as a citizen do you just watch this and say let it go on?

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