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U.S. warns of sanctions over continued fighting in S. Sudan


July 31, 2016 (JUBA) – The United States has warned those taking actions threatening the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan, and those responsible for attacks on civilians or United Nations premises, saying they may be subjected to sanctions under the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC) 2206 (2015).

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Ex-US president Barack Obama meets with South Sudan president Salva Kiir in New York on 21 September 2011 (Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The U.S., in a statement, condemned in the “strongest” terms the continued fighting in Equatoria region and other areas of South Sudan in recent days.

“We call for an immediate halt to combat operations and full compliance with the ceasefire declared on July 11 and in the peace agreement,” said Mark Toner, the deputy spokesperson of the Department of State said in a 30 July statement.

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union issued similar concerns over the fighting, which has continued, despite a declared ceasefire.

According to the U.S, the “short-sighted” actions of South Sudan’s leaders in recent weeks have exacerbated an already intolerable humanitarian crisis as large portions of the country are facing emergency levels of food insecurity.

“The people of South Sudan should have the opportunity to build their country and pursue their aspirations in peace,” said Toner, further adding, “Instead they are facing the further untold suffering of continued conflict”.

A recent report from the UN gave horrific accounts of civilian killings and a rise in the number of government soldiers in uniform raping and gang raping women and girls who have taken refuge in UN protection of civilian sites. The world body documented at least 120 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan in the last two weeks.

“Those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international humanitarian law - including those who order or incite violence, or encourage or contribute to the commission of crimes - will be held accountable,” stressed the US official.

The US reminded all parties that the peace agreement provides that the Hybrid Court for South Sudan will have jurisdiction over violations of international law committed during the transitional period, including those committed during the ongoing violence.

Last month, skirmishes between force loyal to President Salva Kiir and those allied to ex-rebel leader Riek Machar in the capital, Juba left over 270 soldiers dead. The recent outbreak of violence, the UN says, has displaced more than 40,000 civilians.


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  • 1 August 2016 07:51, by Angelo Achuil

    In my opinion, South Sudan is already collapsing under the burden of war & 300% inflation and more state sanctions will only make it collapse sooner. The poor are no able to buy bread (leave milk alone). The only logical kind of sanctions might well be on "individuals"

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    • 1 August 2016 07:58, by Akook

      Only America under Obama has been so cool like nothing else. They know innocent people are dying but choose to threat instead of taking actions. Freeze the murderous accounts of stolen money by Pres Kiir and Malong Awan. You know their accounts and that of their business associates are in South Africa...

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      • 1 August 2016 08:02, by Akook

        ..just freeze the deadly accounts and enforce strict arms embargoes and you will have already done the job. I don’t how much it cost Obama’s administration to do just that?

        Warn M7 of Uganda to take his nose off South Sudan affairs.

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        • 1 August 2016 08:05, by Akook

          Susan Rice is only interested in an Obama’s Clintonian Rwanda in South Sudan!

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  • 1 August 2016 09:20, by Eastern

    Museveni of Uganda has once again "exported" the M23 rebels to South Sudan to buttress Kiir; US and UN are dead silent about this.

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    • 1 August 2016 14:38, by Khent


      Care to provide evidence from credible, impartial, third party sources for this particular claim? I eagerly await your many grit-edged sources.

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      • 1 August 2016 16:09, by Eastern


        I won’t cite a single source for my information; I am under no obligation to do so. Eastern operates under the Confidentiality of Sources or as is known in the US as Reporter’s Privilage. I have numerous credible sources but won’t put them in harms way.

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        • 1 August 2016 17:17, by Son of Upper Nile

          Eastern I like the way you answered Khent. You are not obligied to provide anything because you are on ground. Khent this is not 1991 or 1983 for historian to write about, these are current realities and you can leave your comfort zone come to Juba & see wounded soldiers brought from frontline & listen to Juba citizens telling how Mathiang Anyor were busy looting during & after battles

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          • 1 August 2016 18:53, by Khent

            Son of Upper Nile

            And exactly just how much stock do you think I should put into what he says over the dozen or so posters that swear that they’re in Juba right now and that Riek’s forces do not pose a threat? Do you realise just how varied and flimsy anecdotal testimony is?

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        • 1 August 2016 18:41, by Khent


          The above is just a mealy-mouthed admission that you’ve got bupkis. You don’t have any sources, and pretending that you’re withholding the names of these non-existent sources in order to ensure their safety is truly pathetic. Claims *always* require evidence, and if you can’t provide evidence when required, then you have no case...

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          • 1 August 2016 18:49, by Khent

            ..Contrary to your convenient flights of fancy, you are obligated to substantiate your claims. It’s called burden of proof. Add that to your lexicon, and perhaps deploy it the next time you feel like playing what seems to be a game to you — make-believe profession.

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          • 1 August 2016 18:51, by Eastern


            I don’t waste time on trivialities; if you bothered to keep track of on this forum, you will have known by now that I am ahead of the pack.

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            • 1 August 2016 19:00, by Khent


              You certainly have an inflated sense of your self and of your standing on this forum. You are probably more intelligent than most posters here, but that’s not really much of a compliment, is it? That’s like coming first in a special-ed class. In either case, I’m not in the race, because honestly where do you place my name when I play a whole different ball game?

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              • 1 August 2016 19:06, by Khent

                I’ll leave you to your much cherished position on this forum and you can be the first one to finish last. Do you understand? Comprende amigo?

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