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S. Sudan vows to engage global community over looming sanctions

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September 12, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said it will continue engaging the international community to ensure threats of sanctions against individuals allegedly obstructing the peace deal it signed with the armed opposition are dropped.

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South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin (Photo: Reuters)

The country’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin exclusively told Sudan Tribune Saturday that the world “deliberately” ignored what caused of the ongoing conflict, but were at the forefront of pushing for sanctions.

“We say the war was a result of the failed coup attempt but the world pays no attention to these important narratives and they decided to impose peace. They have been talking of sanctions which you know will not affect very much the ordinary people.” he said.

“We said no and because the government and particularly president Salva Kiir does not want people to continue to bear the brunt of a senseless war, he decided to sign the peace [accord]”, he added.

Marial thanked the Russian government for pledging to support South Sudan in the implementation of the recently signed peace agreement and the need to prioritise dialogue, instead of sanctions.

“Our friends have unfortunately turned their backs against us and are now the one spearheading negative campaigns for sanctions. We have pleaded with them to help us address these differences through peaceful dialogue but they seem to have made up their minds and determined to not listen to us anymore but we will not give up,” explained the South Sudanese foreign affairs minister.

He however stressed that the world’s youngest nation would continue to dialogue with other nations to enhance bilateral relations.

“Our relationships with countries such as the United States of America and its people are historical. We also long history of relationship with Russia. We are not just starting”, further said Marial.

The Sudanese and South Sudanese foreign affairs ministers have teamed up in calling on the Russian Federation to reject the looming sanctions likely to be imposed on South Sudan by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The UN has drafted a US-led sanction to be imposed on any party that will be seen to be against implementation of the peace deal signed on 17 and 26 August by the two parties.

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  • 13 September 2015 07:32, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Let USA & her allies impose sanctions on S. Sudan and at the time leave the land of S. Sudan. They’ve caused too much dependency compare to self reliance. Africa & S. Sudan as well existed & can do with or without America. I’m tired of neocolonialism.

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    • 13 September 2015 07:43, by Mi diit

      Marial Benjamin, the world is not ignorant like you to pay attention to your lies.

      Threats of sanctions will always remain at your tail as long as you are rogue, non-cooperative.

      Better fully implement the bitter pill peace deal or else..

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      • 13 September 2015 07:57, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        There are no more looming sanctions as UN and Troika were warned by their favorite writer "Alex De Waal" that victimizing Dinka because of Kirr could be dangerous for the nation if their union crack under pressure.

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        • 13 September 2015 11:17, by Akook

          Latodo Owino!

          So you think Kiir is Ddinka & Dinka is Kiir!

          Hahahaa.., funny thinking

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          • 13 September 2015 11:52, by Eastern

            Akook,

            The two are obviously different, but the dinkas have this blind following that when a fellow dinka finds one of their own fighting an enemy, the former joins the latter in the fight only to ask for the reason later. JCE are now draing dinkas into issues bigger than their intellect. Abyei remains on big thorn stuck in dinka flesh. Dinkas cannot rely on Uganda for support!

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          • 13 September 2015 15:10, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            What can say about Riek and Nuer militia generals? why they pull out from the ruling coalition all the time?

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          • 13 September 2015 15:19, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            The only way Dinkas will survive this sell out "business" is to put patriotism aside and play tribal card as others are doing.

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  • 13 September 2015 07:55, by dinkdong

    Corrupted bastards.

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