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South Sudan regrets sanctions imposed on top officials


September 7, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government said it regrets the United States decision to impose sanctions on a cabinet minister, a serving army general and former chief of army staff, accusing them of blocking the peace process and benefiting the civil war.

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South Sudan’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Mawien Makol (Photo: Citizen News)

In a statement issued on Thursday, the foreign affairs spokesman, Mawien Makol said the US imposed sanctions were “unfortunate and unhelpful”.

“What we need from the international community is moral and financial support, not sanctions”, he told reporters in Juba, adding that sanctions undermine efforts to a lasting solution to the conflict.

The U.S government on Wednesday imposed sanctions on two serving South Sudanese officials and the former military chief of staff, accusing them of fueling and profiting from the country’s civil war.

The U.S Treasury Department in said a statement on website that it had blacklisted Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, deputy chief of defense for logistics in the SPLA; Paul Malong, former army chief who was dismissed in May; and Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth.

The measures freeze any assets in the U.S or tied to the U.S financial system belonging to the three men. The U.S Treasury said Riak was central to weapons procurement during the first few years of the conflict and helped plan an offensive in Unity State in April 2015.

It also accused him of issuing military contracts at inflated prices “in order to receive extensive kickbacks. The U.S. Treasury blacklisted All Energy Investments, A+ Engineering, Electronics & Media Printing and Mak International Services which it said was owned or controlled by Malek. The Treasury said former chief of staff Malong “did not discourage” the killing of civilians around the town of Wau last year.

The US Treasury further accused the South Sudanese information minister of attacks against the U.N mission in South Sudan and obstructing peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in the country.

In July 2015, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on six South Sudanese generals accused of fuelling conflict in the world’s youngest nation. The generals, three from each side of the conflict, were meant to face global travel bans and asset freezes.

In November 2016, the US demanded the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on the then SPLA chief of staff Paul Malong and Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth for hampering the peace process in South Sudan.

The ex-First Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar was also on the proposed list.

South Sudan’s civil war, now in its four-year, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two million people since it broke out in mid-December 2013.


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  • 7 September 2017 23:00, by Kuch

    Yeah, you need more from your damn international community & that was why you fools staged the coup in 2013? For how long are fools going to begging other people? Why don’t you idiots convince these Nuers in Bentiu, Juba, Malakal & Bor to move out of these so-called UN POcs & start farming their own lands? Many of these Nuers come out & do business in the markets during the day & move back>>>

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    • 7 September 2017 23:03, by Kuch

      to their so-called UN POCs in the evening. Really, what is Nuers after? To sell South Sudan to the UN & NGOs in exchange for free food rations?

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      • 8 September 2017 01:36, by Agany Malim

        My words does not support war but correct the wrong thing done by both site. Now if government have not able to pay servants and soldiers salaries how can it be gov’t? Now remain few minute for US gov,t to declear it unlegitmate gov’t n it maybe true. If the gov’t destroy properties, kill innocent pple, rape and practics all form of abuses what then remain to legitmate it? Now it is time 4

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      • 8 September 2017 07:57, by Theallseeingeye

        I have always seen you barking like a mad dog on this website,let me waste my time and reply this turn. you busy repeating yourself as if you are the only one who knows about the NWO conspiracy. we all know it, and we also know that the NWO its being promoted and implemented by Kiir and miserable people like you, you know why? becuz Kiir could have avoid all this mess by reinstating Riak....

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        • 8 September 2017 08:09, by Theallseeingeye

          and gameover, but you miserable Jienge think that since all of you hate Riak he is not fit to life never taking into account that non-Jienge also hate Kiir more thank Jienge hate Riak!. so back to the "NEW WORLD ORDER", I personally, reckon that we might as well considered it of no threat because after all its always contrary to the Jienge-barbarity. hence the word "ORDER" which ....

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          • 8 September 2017 08:16, by Theallseeingeye

            which is not available in Jienge Vocabulary. let me be the first one to introduce u to the major agenda of "NWO". firstly is Reducing world population to maximum controllable number. so you Jienges multiply like insects so you should be the first one to worry about that. Secondly, its formation of a one world government system. which means there going to be only one Benj (sultan) which....

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            • 8 September 2017 08:27, by Theallseeingeye

              without any doubt is going to be a white man. Thirdly, there going to be order. which is something you Jienge can’t naturally abide by. thats why in PoCs there are no unknown men, armed rubbery, no rapping, harassment,impunity and no discrimination that’s why some of the Jienges who fled nothing but hunger and have taken resident inside PoC are aslo being given food and treated equally

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    • 8 September 2017 02:50, by garrak1520

      I would like to see more sanctions on Kiir and this entire government. he people of South Sudan are helpless due to greed. Kiir’s government is the only government on earth that ignore the minimum for its people; no school for the children, not food , no security and no salary for those "hard" working servants. Kiir, your time is up; more sanctions, please.

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    • 8 September 2017 05:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      È ngu ë kòc dök Hök?
      Yen Kene Path è Kë.

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    • 8 September 2017 09:35, by jubaone

      Your incessant and frantic tirades will not exonerate these jienge criminals and thugs who have enriched themselves at the expense of the masses. A criminal remains a criminal and there are lots of them in jiengeland. That is blood money and will haunt their kids and families and are cursed to eternal damnation. Their kids will never benefit from blood money. They are cursed.

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      • 8 September 2017 10:09, by Newsudan

        war is young men dying and old men talking, you know this, if you are able to fight then joined filthy rebels of Riek rather then talking Jienge this and Jienge that, FYI only two out of 56 sections of Dinka are heavily fighting,if history repeated itself like in 1990s,then Dinka is capable to face you and your master El Bashir.

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        • 8 September 2017 14:09, by jubaone

          Ha.ha.ha! Your old and frail elders are the ones sending your luakjienges to fight. Wake up and tell them to stop. Your old Jienge elders have all their kids in the diaspora and the foolish luak savages are fighting. Who cares, if they die? They have no use except canon fodder.

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          • 8 September 2017 22:10, by Theone


            Do you have nightmares with Dinkas every night?
            It seems like you go to bed with Dinkas and wake up with them

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        • 10 September 2017 11:58, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Jubaone is an intellectual. He is politically trying to implant into your impervious skulls a just political sense that you seriously lack. You people should appreciate his work. He is a patriot hose aim is to educate those dinkas ho have erred in political life of this country that e all belong to. No amount of blame ill help heal this disease e have from you idiots.

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          • 10 September 2017 12:21, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            Jubaone is an intellectual. He is politically trying to implant into your impervious skulls a just political sense that you seriously lack. You people should appreciate his work. He is a patriot whose aim is to educate those dinkas who have erred in political life of this country that we all belong to. No amount of blame will help heal this disease we have from you idiots.

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  • 8 September 2017 05:28, by dinkdong

    "Moral and financial support" so that you can continue to wage senseless war and loot the country resources? Freakin buck-tooth bastard.

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  • 8 September 2017 05:59, by Tilo

    Regret what?
    Is just the beginning more sanction is underway, Kiir him self will be sanctioned very soon, Most of the warmongers and embezzlers will be jailed soon,
    Everybody who committed atrocities are on the top list and will be jailed furthermore once all the RPF are in country that is the time government of SS will really regret.

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  • 8 September 2017 06:26, by Kerem

    "We need moral and financial support" stupid statement from a government representative. How long shall you be longing for aid that you do not utilize well?

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  • 8 September 2017 11:27, by Adok son

    You don’t win battles with hate. Anger and hate can make you brave, make you strong, but they also make you stupid. You end up tripping over your own two feet.
    Be carefull,Dinka! All times are not one, may be it is the real time now that the world has known your criminal acts that you’re always do against humanity with your so called Govt of Salva Kiir.The government won’t finish the people of God

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