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S. Sudan seeking negotiation with U.S over sanctions: official

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September 30, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan is seeking negotiation with the United States government over the most recent sanctions it imposed on three of its officials, the presidential spokesperson said on Thursday.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

“We think the government should negotiate with the U.S. on the sanctions, because these sanctions are hindering peace implementation,” Ateny Wek Ateny told Xinhua.

On September 6, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions and a travel ban that include asset freeze on the minister of information Michael Makuei, South Sudan army (SPLA) deputy chief of staff Malek Rueben and ex-army chief of staff Paul Malong.

According to Ateny, President Salva Kiir said the South Sudan army and police have been ordered to cooperate with the Regional Protection Force (RPF), which has already started to arrive in phases.

The 4,000-strong RPF force comprising of Rwandan, Bangladesh, Nepalese and Ethiopian peacekeepers will help free up the already existing 12,000 UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) force, by mainly protecting civilians in the capital and along major highways.

South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute between President Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar led to fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to Kiir against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.

The 2015 peace agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba forcing Machar to flee the country into exile.

The conflict in South Sudan has led to violence and destruction, which has seen over 2 million South Sudanese displaced and up to 6 million facing near-famine conditions. More than 200,000 civilians, UN says, are being sheltered at its sites across the country.

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  • 1 October 2017 08:27, by Eastern

    The US sanctions were imposed MORE THAN ONE YEAR after the ARCISS was abrogated by Kiir on the advice of the JCE...Ateny Wek Ateny should try something else..!

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    • 1 October 2017 12:09, by Wutkhor

      First I would like to greet all comrades who use to confronts Dinka’s animals on this side, eg, juba one, eastern and many more compatriots who use to confronts Dinka’s carnivals on those side since I am new.
      To this article, I would just tell jce thugs to kiss their dirty ass.. No negotiations with Dinka’s cannibal terrorist, chapter close.

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      • 1 October 2017 14:11, by jubaone

        Cmdr Wutkhor,
        It is a moral obligation to hit jienges whenever you get him. No compromise at all. I have said, either jienges kill all of us, or we kill them and defecate into their mouths like our grandparents. Period. If possible, Americans should just give the opposition the guns and people sort this shit 💩 with jienges. 1, 5,10 or 50 yrs we will be on jienges throats for sure.

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    • 1 October 2017 13:09, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      No more negotiations

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  • 1 October 2017 13:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This idiot must be dreaming. The world has moved on to rid South Sudan of killer machinery of Jenge Council of Elders. Time is about to catch you on your evil actions.

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    • 1 October 2017 17:56, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      How can saction be negotiated? To what extent will be negotiated for if there is a pick points on individual concerned, the best way to dealt with this is to see some mechanism to return back 🔙 those public asset that need to frozen if there are being sported else’s where but do I say?
      For those who are allergic to certain tribe Base on tribalism, you got no place in South Sudanese multicultural

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      • 1 October 2017 18:02, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Multilingual, multiethnicity,muliregigous, bonds by the spirit of love for one nation state with spirit of 45yrs struggle n for those who do not know this,you need to learn, grow n mature enough to understand this probably, your hatreds comments here will not take us any where but push us at the back 🔙

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  • 1 October 2017 13:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This idiot must be dreaming. The world has moved on to rid South Sudan of killer machinery of Jenge Council of Elders. Time is about to catch you on your evil actions.

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