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S. Sudan slams rights groups for regretting failure of sanctions

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December 29, 2016 (JUBA)- A South Sudanese diplomat Thursday has slammed the regret expressed by some human rights organisations for the failure of the United Nations Security Council to impose targeted sanctions and arms embargo, saying they don’t care much about anybody.

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The UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan (Photo: UN/Devra Berkowitz)

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mawien Makol said it was not time for imposition of sanctions but time for global community to work with the government to implement the peace

He was reacting to reports in which seven international non-governmental groups expressed grave concerns over the UN Security Council’s failure to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan.

Last Friday, Amnesty International, Control Arms, Enough Project, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Humanity United, Human Rights Watch, and PAX said in a joint statement that the rejection of sanctions was ‘deeply disappointing.’

If the council had passed the proposal, the resolution would have placed a travel ban and asset freeze on two senior South Sudanese officials and SPLM-IO leader.

The seven groups warned that the rejection would allow the parties to the agreement in South Sudan to easily access more arms. It says growing stockpiles of arms in the country will eventually allow the conflict to continue.

The South Sudanese leadership says the decision by the UN Security Council was in the interest of peace in the country and it would have undermined peace efforts.

The proposal seeking imposition of arms embargo and targeted sanction was submitted to the Security Council by the United States but it failed to secure nine votes needed to pass. Seven votes approved and eight abstained.

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  • 30 December 2016 03:41, by Love my country

    These rights groups are just a pretenders who their interest is only SS resources,how can they care more about SS when they’re murdering their own citizens and they are saying nothing.

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  • 30 December 2016 05:08, by choldit

    The Obama admin, igad and South Sudan govt conspired against Dr Machar of SPLM IO. The attempt to sanction some officials like Paul Malong and Makuey is just a cover as they are doing nothing to help govt in Juba but the conspiracy is shamelessly aims at Dr Machar and SPLM IO. Now that unsc failed to impose sanction, what will be the reason to keep Dr Machar away from his forces, igad?

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    • 30 December 2016 07:36, by Against Incitement

      To:Choldit,
      Dear Brother,their is no conspiracy against Dr.Riak and you plus many in opposition! Dr.Machar Should join his brothers Kiir , Taban and Wani to continue implement the peace agreement and join the National Dialogue.More war will not help! Look at normal South Sudanese sufferings not for Riak, Kiir,Taban or Wani. Remember anger is just one letter short of danger!!! Join peace not War!

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      • 30 December 2016 07:46, by Eastern

        Why the can the "normal South Sudanese suffering..." not take back their country from Kiir and Dr Machar? Why should you continue to wish for peace when it’s not possible under the current political dispensation of deceit, lies, arrogance, pillage, murder, etc? Why should you believe in Kiir’s dialogue now?

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        • 30 December 2016 10:58, by Against Incitement

          Dear brother,Eastern!
          We should believe in mr Kiir call for National Dialogue because he had shown this in the past hard times with Jalaba and he will continue to do it.Peace can not come or dialogue can not succeed if you do not respond to his call.Our president loves South Sudanese very much!Make 2017 to be a year of peace made by South Sudanese! War is not an option now!Dialogue,dialogue......

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          • 30 December 2016 12:11, by Eastern

            Against Incitement,

            Please advise Kiir to cede some power, as was prescribed in the defunct ARCISS or I and likeminded will continue to remain a headache to his government. Kiir is too incapable to a president of a country like South Sudan. Kiir can only lead a rebel group at best or a cattle camp!

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  • 30 December 2016 07:13, by Against Incitement

    To: all South Sudanese,
    The so called Rights group Organizations are just promoting hidden agenda not Human Rights,they are advocating for their sponsors interests!Sanctions or Arm Embargo will never bring peace to our Country but more destruction.The real Human Rights Group should support the current peace agreement and upcoming National Dialogue.Look at Syria,Lybia,Somalia...etc more destruction

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    • 30 December 2016 12:12, by Eastern

      You are clearly on Kiir’s payroll or you just don’t understand the root causes of the South Sudanese conflict; get lost!!!

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      • 30 December 2016 17:09, by Against Incitement

        To:Eastern,
        brother,this is the mentality destroying our country, how can i be in Kiir payroll if i am telling the truth.I know very well all the root causes of conflicts in south Sudan but i am saying that dialogue is the way forward not violence or abuses,i see you have lost your senses for peaceful coexistence! please calm down and accept logic!

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