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UNSC divided over imposition of sanctions on S. Sudan: envoy


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 22, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) - The United Nations Security council (UNSC) is divided on whether to slap sanctions as a way of resolving the South Sudanese conflict or not, a Japanese official said.

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A UN Security Council session on New York (UN photo)

Okamura Yoshifumi, a special adviser to Japan’s prime minister, said as concerns swell over worsening situation in South Sudan, some member of the Council are pushing for an arms embargo against the country expected due to be tabled for vote soon.

He, however, said there are different opinions and tough debates going on among the UNSC member states on what measures should be taken against the young nation.

The Japanese official said the council is unified on the main objectives that peace and stability is restored, violence against civilians is avoided and those committing crimes face justice but there is division with regard to issues of sanction.

"The U.N. Security Council is unified on main objectives but is divided on approaches" he told reporters at a news conference held at the Japanese embassy in Addis Ababa.

The United States is reportedly pushing Japan and other member states to vote in favor of sanctions as a resolution to contain the political turmoil in the East African nation.

Yoshifumi, also Japan’s representative to the U.N said sanctions not only does undermine the ongoing regional peace efforts, but would not bring a permanent solution to Siouth Sudan.

Citing the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace efforts and recent commitments by President Salva Kiir to accept regional protection force as well as launch of national dialogue, the Japanese official stressed that regional solutions should be respected.

He added "Japan supports African solutions for African problems"

He said Japan supports actions on ground among others deployment of regional protection force, a clear cut order by Juba government to protect civilians and members of army are held accountable for their crimes.

"Japan supports actions and not sanctions" he said adding "It is not time for sanctions"

With regard to Japan’s position on proposed sanctions he said "Japan will take a responsible attitude and positioning for South Sudan to achieve lasting peace and stability"


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  • 23 December 2016 06:25, by Eastern

    African solutions for African problems don’t work since such processes still require funding from the outside world....

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  • 23 December 2016 07:41, by TRUE WATCHDOG

    It’s clear that there’s a hidden plan behind UNSC renewal of arms embargo imposition at the time when tangible progress on conflict resolutions is realized.I,like any other citizen of ROSS will appreciate our international and regional friend states for having stood firm to see that peace is attained in other way not arms embargo.People and govt of ROSS are smoothly implementing peace.

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    • 23 December 2016 11:28, by jubaone

      True Watchdog,
      Just give us one or two milestones that you think indeed the peace is "smoothly" being implemented? Don’t tell us that nonsense good working relationships between Kiir and Taban cos this is only sentimental and not practical and gives no value addition to peace.

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  • 23 December 2016 08:02, by Son of Nuer

    If the world body fail to solve the problems of south Sudan we South Sudanese will solve it as soon as possible and no more blame at this time, three years are enough

    Viva SPLM
    Viva South Sudanese
    Viva Dr.Machar Teny
    Viva freedom fighters

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    • 23 December 2016 09:01, by Redeemer

      Son of Nuer
      The best solution is the one that will come within us, you will not be considered as failures but winners, as usual, look
      1 Nuer are considered as the winners of CPA through KPA 1997
      2 You will be considered as the winners of the current war too, is there anything greater than this that you are still looking for? to give people peace we are ready just list them

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    • 23 December 2016 09:11, by Mayom County Troops

      why UNSC divided over imposition of lifting sanction to South Sudanese leaders ?
      while we citizens of the country ,we are in need of sanction to be lifted to two warring parties leaders who are the cause of daily deaths in the country.

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      • 23 December 2016 09:57, by Unionist Agent

        Mayom County or whatever,it’s clear that you didn’t understand the topic or you don’t know what you are writing about. How can you call for imposition of sanctions by lifting it? It doesn’t make any sense, and I am not surprised because you are one of the few uneducated dudes that has been successfully confused/used by politicians to further confuse S. Sudanese Nuer people in most of your comments

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  • 23 December 2016 23:52, by Fair Man

    China and Russia will like to find markets for their weapons. The more war continues,the procurements for weapons be made and improve on their economies. Do not trust these Asian nations. Japan is simply not clear but has some deals in the milea. God punish them.

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