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July 10, 2014 (BRUSSELS) – The European Union has imposed sanctions on South Sudanese military generals Santino Deng and Peter Gadet for their involvement in the ongoing conflict.

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SPLA General Peter Gadet Yaak addresses the press in Jonglei capital Bor on 2 April 2013 (ST)

The commander of the SPLA third infantry division, Deng reportedly took part in May’s recapture of the Unity state capital, Bentiu.

"Santino Deng is thus responsible for violations of the 23 January cessa­tion of hostilities agreement," EU said in its journal issued Friday.

Gadet was described as the leader of the anti-government Nuer militia that conducted an attack on Bentiu in April, violating the 23 January ceasefire agreement.

"The attack resulted in the killing of more than 200 civilians. Peter Gadet is thus responsible for fuelling the cycle of violence, thus obstructing the political process in South Sudan, and for serious human rights violations," it further said.

The two military leaders have also been banned from traveling to any of the EU member countries and their assets will be frozen.

Restrictive measures imposed by the EU may target governments of third countries, or non-state entities and individuals and such sanctions may comprise arms embargoes, other specific or general trade restrictions (import and export bans), financial restrictions, restrictions on admission (visa or travel bans), or other measures, as appropriate.

On Thursday, the EU Council announced that it would impose sanctions against two military generals responsible for obstructing the South Sudan peace process, which is being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

“Two persons responsible for violating the ceasefire agreement will be targeted with a travel ban and a freeze of their assets in the European Union. At the same time, an existing arms embargo against South Sudan will remain in place,” the EU said in its 10 July statement.

In a separate declaration, the EU termed these restrictive measures as "a first step" and called on the warring parties to reach a peaceful solution to the country’s six month conflict.

“It is now time for the South Sudanese leaders to rise to the challenge and start negotiating in good faith towards a peaceful, equitable and sustainable solution,” the declaration said.

The IGAD mediators decided last month to suspend the peace talks following a decision by the SPLM In Opposition led by Riek Machar to boycott the negotiations. The talks, analysts say, provide the best hope for ending the six-months conflict.

US SANCTIONS

On 7 May, US secretary of state John Kerry imposed sanctions on two military generals from both the government and rebel sides The commander of the presidential guard unit Marial Chanuong and Gadet were described by the US administration as being "responsible for perpetrating unthinkable violence against civilians”.

In line with this decision, however, Washington decided to freeze any assets the two military officials may have in the US and prevented American companies from dealing with them. They also are banned from travelling to the US.

(ST)

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  • 11 July 14:10, by Abugua

    I do not thing this will affect the two Iam sure they do not have assets in EU countries

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    • 11 July 14:17, by Mayom County Boy

      Oh my God these are the best two commanders from SPLA . why EU put sanction against them selves . I hope Commander Peter Gatdet Yak doesn.t care about sanction , because he was in the bush with is forces.

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  • 11 July 14:11, by Positive Thinker

    The threat of sanction is slow but real. the world is watching. I wish East Africa to do the same on big fish.

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  • 11 July 14:12, by Abugua

    I do not think this will affect the two individuals Iam sure they do not have assets in EU countries

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  • 11 July 14:14, by wang

    Gatdet has had done nothing to seized his assets….it were the SPLA that have been violated the ceasefire since….although this sanction would do nothing to stop the fight as long the govt troops still occupying some of the Nuer land….

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    • 11 July 14:44, by Ajongtar

      I want Michael Makuei Luet to be sucntioned but not the Military comanders, they are inocent and always they recieve oders from above.

      But this Green snake in a green Grass called Micheal Makuei and Tilar Ring Deng are the muster minders of the 7 months old war in South Sudan.

      Please EU extend the Sucntions to the Top G individuals.

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  • 11 July 16:23, by Thondet Manyang

    The in-laws of Mr. Machar are fighting South indirectly and they think they will install him to govern South Sudan which is untrue.I remember when former UNMISS boss was barking during her last media address in south Sudan. Why not her being sanctioned while she masterminded this conflict?? We know this war is projected by West and EU.

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    • 11 July 22:37, by Ito

      Can we get independence without the west. Now SPLM was fighting for democracy, freedom, justice and development and now they have power, Salva is worst than national islamic front. Garang used to say few thieves ruling Khartoum is the cause of the problem and now the same few thieves are ruling South Sudan and we will fight them till we achieve the vision of Garang in South Sudan through Dr. Riek.

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      • 12 July 12:05, by Mel mosa

        Ito Salva is not a problem. Riek and people rebel are problem of South Sudan. Ask yourself who make corruption during all these nine years. Is Riek and fellows far away from corruption?

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  • 11 July 18:54, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The bureaucrats in Brussels have ran out of great thinkers. These two illiterate generals do not even understand the word sanction. The real culprits are: Malong Awan, Aleu Ayini, Kuol Manyang. EU, you are wasting your time with these Africans, mind your own business.

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  • 12 July 01:00, by Kenyang

    All is left for power hungry, coward Riek Machar and stupid supporters is praying. Not long before they lick up their own vomits.

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    • 12 July 06:26, by Wicdail

      Kenyang and alike,
      You guys are literally becomes unreasonable and pig headed. You have been regionally and internationally isolated with the third anniversary of the nation attended by none, but only your partner-in-crimes (Museveni), with more sanctions on it way; and still thinking of victory against those who opposed your madness? What a world of fools?

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  • 12 July 07:56, by Madina Tonj

    Nuers people will understand later on when it is too late. Mr. Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai are betraying the whole Nuers people and you guys wouldn’t accept my analyst but this is absolutely correct and if you disagree with me then, please write your own small note and you will be belief it when it is too late in the end of Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai’s movement

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  • 12 July 07:56, by Madina Tonj

    Nuers people will understand later on when it is too late. Mr. Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai are betraying the whole Nuers people and you guys wouldn’t accept my analyst but this is absolutely correct and if you disagree with me then, please write your own small note and you will be belief it when it is too late in the end of Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai’s movement

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  • 12 July 07:58, by Madina Tonj

    Nuers people will understand later on when it is too late. Mr. Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai are betraying the whole Nuers people and you guys wouldn’t accept my analyst but this is absolutely correct and if you disagree with me then, please write your own small note and you will be belief it when it is too late in the end of Riek Machar Teny and Taban Deng Gai’s movement

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