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S. Sudan risks more sanctions over its civil war: U.S official


November 21, 2017 (JUBA) – War-torn South Sudan could face more sanctions if the country’s leaders do not utilize ongoing peace talks aimed at ending current civil war, a top United States official said.

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

Michael Morrow, the charge d’affaires at the U.S embassy in Juba, said sanctions likely to be imposed on the young nation could come in form of an arms embargo or economic and banking restrictions.

Tough measures, Morrow told Bloomberg, could target those seen as “spoilers” of the peace process being overseen by regional leaders.

“..(..)..If there is anyone who reneges on their commitment, they can expect to face harsh measures,” said the senior U.S official, who also stressed the need for the warring parties to adhere to the ceasefire.


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

The U.S Treasury Department, in a statement, said it 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 United Nations 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 to face global travel bans and asset freezes.

The South Sudanese civil war, now entering 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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  • 22 November 06:59, by Kuch

    Let the US brings her damn sanctions on to every South Sudanese people and the South Sudan & get lost out of our country. The evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between, usual regime change business often work for them in Middle East, West Africans, Central Africans, South African countries or South American countries. But right here in our>>>

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    • 22 November 07:11, by Kuch

      country, that is gonna happen. In fact, there is no more war in our country. But the evils have been using their damn SUDAN TRIBUNE, RADIO TAMAZUJ & some of the European & American online tabloids to toy around with our country & our people.

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      • 22 November 09:30, by jubaone

        If your stupid assertation is true, that there is no more war in the country, then tell our readers, why for now 6 months civil servants havent been paid, overland road travel is dangerous, jienges still fleeing their areas in search of shelter and food, why oil production has not reached 300,000b/d, investors keep off from this jienge republic?

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  • 22 November 07:15, by Eastern

    Kuch the Kus,

    US sanctions will target the Dinkocrats. It’s beginning to bit. The moment the US Embassy in Juba scales down or closes, you know what follows.....When America sneezes.....! You are not toying with the Chinese nor the Russians, Kiir is about to step on the tail of the Asian Tiger..!

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    • 22 November 08:13, by jubaone

      These US threats of sanctions are becoming tasteless and ineffective. The only serious option is cladestine arming of NAS or any other rebel movements. These armed groups can do the dirty job very easily and cheaply. These jienges only understand "gun-talk". The US or CIA must give this a serious thought.

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  • 22 November 18:07, by lino

    Hope and fingers crossed for wind of changes in the corrupt and irresponsible leaders of this country!!!
    Obama’s foreign policy towards SS was a failure and brought more death to people after July, 2016. We used to talk about 2 aggressive parties IO and IG but after that mentioned date, all South Sudanese gone wild on their brothers and sisters throats!!!
    America don’t side with any group in SS!

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    • 22 November 18:09, by lino

      They should learn how to solve their own problems if they want to live together!!!

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