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Dinka elder rejects calls for sanctions on S. Sudan leaders


August 2, 2017 (JUBA) - A member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders (JCE) has rejected calls seeking imposition of sanctions on the two main rival leaders in South Sudan, saying the time was not right.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) adresses a press conference together with FVP Riek Machar (R) and SVP James Wani at the State House on July 8, 2016 (Reuters Photo)

Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey remarks followed Tuesday’s calls by the New York-based Human Right Watch as well as earlier calls from the London-based Amnesty International, which advocated sanctions on the two rival leaders.

“Their concentration on African leaders in promoting sanctions and indictments by International Criminal Court is not contributing to peaceful resolutions to arms conflicts, and had never saved lives anywhere in Africa. Many countries are really in war with themselves,’ Akuey told Sudan Tribune.

“These wars have never drawn the attention of these organizations but are good at only accusing African leaders and not suggesting or contributing to problem solving proposals,” he added.

He accused the western world, particularly the United States of failing to finding solutions to conflicts affecting African nations.

The JCE is considered an advisory board to South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

Akuey is optimistic peace would return to South Sudan, but warned those against the resolution of the civil war to give peace a chance.

“They are aware that peace is gathering fresh momentum in South Sudan. And that the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, with unwavering backing from African Union, European Union, Troika (USA, UK and Norway) and the United Nations Security Council (with Russia, China and France supporting), are all on standby, ready to attend the Peace Revitalization Conference concerning the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, ARCSS, signed in August 2015, in Addis Ababa, on 13 August 2017”, he said.

The conference, he said, will be attended by all warring parties, with completely new attitudes, change of mind and willingness to end war.

Human Rights Watch, on Tuesday, called for imposition of sanctions against the top South Sudanese leaders it considers responsible for abuses meted against civilians.

Those on the proposed list, the New York-based advocacy group said, are President Kiir, also the army commander-in-chief, leader of armed opposition forces, Machar and Gen. Paul Malong Awan, the ex-army chief of general staff.

"The leaders of South Sudanese government and opposition have not managed to stop atrocity crimes committed against the civilian population, including killings, rape and forced displacement, the human rights watchdog said.

Almost 2 million people have reportedly deserted South Sudan, while another two million remain internally displaced since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013.


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  • 3 August 05:39, by Sunday Junup

    JCE stand for Jieng Council of Evil

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    • 3 August 05:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      JCE are joking , because messing of South Sudan is in their hands.

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  • 3 August 06:23, by Akeen Mangarthon

    What is wrong to Sudan Tribune??? Aldo Ajou is a national member of parliament representing his constituency in Northern Bhar el Gazal. Why does ST reporter based the report on his tribe identity instead of his official occupation? For those who were complaining of blocking sudan tribune and other 3 websites, do you enjoy this promotion of tribalism? The last option is to arrest and kills inciters

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    • 3 August 08:55, by Kuch

      You know what is with SUDAN TRIBUNE Mr. Akeen? SUDAN TRIBUNE is a foreign online tabloid that is dedicated to the destruction of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Another foreign online propagandum machine is *radio TAMAZUJ*. Radio TAMAZUJ was launched as a mouth-piece to make ’unity attractive’ b/n South Sudan & the then>>>

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      • 3 August 09:17, by Kuch

        North Sudan. But when South Sudan overwhelmingly voted with over 98% to have nothing to do with the cloned Arab north Sudan again. Then, the evils behind SUDAN TRIBUNE & RADIO TAMAZUJ unleashed an unprecedented propaganda against South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Many South Sudanese people do not know that our country is being Geopolitically football played around>>>

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        • 3 August 09:33, by Kuch

          by *our greatest enemies & those we deemed to be our true friends* like their their then *East & West* Germany during their then *cold war* and they hope, they can re-unite our country with their cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan we hate to death. Something that is not going to happen on our watch. But our people love of free things is being used against us by our enemies & our so-called friends>>>

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  • 3 August 10:06, by Eastern

    Who cares!! The majority of those on the proposed sanction list are dinka anyway.....

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  • 3 August 22:37, by Mr Point

    Ignore Kuch. The boy is a fool. He knows nothing.
    Sanctions will probably help the citizens of South Sudan more than an army which rapes, tortures, carries out collective punishment by tribe.
    These JCE elders have done nothing to bring peace and development to the country. What good are they They should be sanctioned too.

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