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Calls for U.S to reconsider sanctions on S. Sudan intensify


September 17, 2017 (KAMPALA) – The leader of the International Youth for Africa (IYA), has called on the United States government to reconsider the recent sanctions it imposed on South Sudanese officials as a mechanism to end the conflict in the war-torn nation.

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IYA’s executive director, Ter Manyang Gatwech, said the sanctions imposed on these individuals will not stop the on-going war from further escalating.

“Sanctions on individuals will create less impact in South Sudan. If it is individuals’ sanctions, let the US government consider sanctioning the East African countries because South Sudanese generals and officials have assistance to provide to their nations,” said Gatwech.

The US administration has imposed sanctions on two senior members of South Sudan government, including the former army chief of staff.

The sanctions, the US Treasury Department said, involves freezing all assets belonging to those South Sudanese officials implicated.

Gatwech, however, said the sanctions imposed will never improve the conflict situation in the war-torn nation, where tens thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced from homes.

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 former First Vice President and SPLM-IO 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.


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  • 18 September 2017 12:11, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The article doesn’t hold any 💦 water in it, it is baseless,what is your option then if the saction is not the answer to the problem. What is your mechanism as far as the situation is concerned, not just a matter of posting article, we need to provide solutions to the problems n way forward

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    • 18 September 2017 16:09, by jubaone

      Good observation. Gatwech stupidly has not suggested any alternative to the US sanctions. These sanctions have a deterring effect and not to radically change anything as this up to SS themselves. I don’t know where such fools get the audacity to write such nonsense. Just exposing one’s ludicrous and mediocre intelligence.

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      • 18 September 2017 17:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Jubaone/The first man 👨 to reached 🗻 mountain Juba;South Suantrinune is like an intellectual interactive forum therefore any south Sudanese who made contribution to this website should 📝 write tengable things that if use by the policy makers something of a greater help to our way forward could me achieved but the difficulty is that they don’t have time to analysis them critically, also a lot of

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  • 18 September 2017 12:27, by Kuch

    South Sudanese should just move on with our own lives & let the US go on with her sanctions, travel bans or armed embargo. The US can even travel ban & sanction every every living South Sudanese from going to US if she so damn wishes but blackmailing & coercing our country & our leaders to *bow down* to her evil empire building & give our country & our people sovereign>>>

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    • 18 September 2017 12:37, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Kuch A great man 👨 show his greatness by the way he treats the little one,if this is what America is driving 🚘 at, then let him confronted North Korea, but should I say?:-? (u)

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    • 18 September 2017 13:35, by Kuch

      to their criminals in Washington, Wall Street or their damn UN building through these cheap dirty intrigues of sanctions, arms embargo & travel bans. And they have been using some of our usual South Sudanese sellouts as their blackmails & bargaining chips to crawl their evil selves into our country. To come & plunder it like they have been doing it these days in Central Africa republic (CAR)>>>

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  • 18 September 2017 14:24, by lou nuer

    This individual sanction will never bring any fruitful to solve the S.Sudan problem at all. We better look the peace agreement and see what are the challenges being faced and what was the cause of not implementing CPAII? Those are the things Let them santction Taban Deng Gai instead of Makuei Lueth any many others like Malong Awan who safe innocent of civilian life compare to Hoth Mai Gatkuoth.

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  • 18 September 2017 16:41, by Peng Kimang

    IGAD, the AU, and the UN Security Council have only threatened sanctions. The Government of South Sudan appears increasingly immune to these threats and expects no action. Nations do not buy or use weapons to systematically kill their own citizens. Arms are for territorial defense not for genocidal war or targeting specific tribes or regions.

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