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Security Council delays sanctions on South Sudan for one month


Akuei Bona Malwal, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Sudan to the UN, takes part in the meeting. on 31 May 2018 (Photo UN)
May 31, 2018 (WASHINGTON) - The Security Council Thursday decided to consider within a month imposing arms embargo or individual sanctions on six South Sudanese including four top government officials in the event of a ceasefire violation or lack of a viable peace agreement.

The resolution also renews for 45 days the sanctions imposed in 2015 on those blocking peace in South Sudan.

The 15-member body in a resolution endorsed by just 9 "yes" votes said the Council would consider applying the sanctions if the parties violate the cessation of hostilities or fail to reach a viable political agreement before 30 June 2018

China, Russia, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea, abstained from voting on a draft resolution submitted by the United States. Those who voted for the resolution are Côte d’Ivoire, France, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The final version requests the UN Secretary-General to report on the ceasefire violation or the failure to strike a peace deal in coordination with the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM).

The resolution further decided to renew until 14 August 2018 the mandate of the Panel of Experts overseeing the sanctions imposed on South Sudan, with instructions to provide the Council with an update every month.

In an editorial published on the Washington Post on Wednesday, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the America administration was supportive for the new nation but "we have lost patience with the status quo".

In her speech before the Council, repeated the content of her editorial Haley and called for sanctions on "those who continue to destabilize South Sudan", adding "We must stop making excuses and take real steps to end the conflict".

Speaking before the vote, the Ethiopian Ambassador Tekeda Alemu said the South Sudanese conflict could only be addressed through an inclusive political process. He further said the IGAD efforts are at a “very critical moment” and the sanctions would be detrimental to the peace process.

Alemu further stressed that it would have been sensible for the Council to give IGAD a chance, and that "waiting two months would not have caused the sky to fall".

If the first version of the draft resolution provides the imposition of travel restrictions and an asset freeze with immediate effect, the resolution suspends the implementation for 29 days if the parties fail to sign an agreement or violate the cessation of hostilities.

British Ambassador Jonathan Guy Allen voiced his country support to the IGAD-led peace process adding it was clear that the parties were still not ready to reach agreement on peace as horrific reports of violence and human rights abuses continued.

“This cannot be allowed to continue,” he emphasized before to add that the resolution was an important step towards increasing pressure on the parties to compromise. "Let it be a clear message to the parties and those who wish to prevent peace going forward," Allen said.

The South Sudanese Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal said the resolution imposing sanctions on South Sudanese officials was not helpful for the IGAD brokered efforts to end the conflict.

“There is a light at the end of the tunnel” in the peace revitalization forum, and "the annexe to the resolution was unhelpful in that regard. Nevertheless, the Government of South Sudan would work closely with regional partners to achieve lasting peace," Malwal said.

Juba says the sanctions would encourage the opposition groups to refuse to make needed concessions for peace.

The South Sudanese officials identified in the resolution are Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia Lomuru, Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth, SPLA Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, SPLM-IO Bieh state Gov. Koang Rambang Chol and former army chief Paul Malong Awan.

In June, the Security Council will discuss the security situation in South Sudan after a briefing on the Secretary-General’s 90-day report on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), together with his monthly report on violations of the Status of Forces Agreement.

Also in a related development, the SPLM-IO issued a statement denying that Governor Koang Rambang Chuol violated the ceasefire in Bieh State or denied humanitarian access to aid groups. Also, it denied his responsibility in the of two Kenyan pilots last February.

"Therefore, he does not meet the qualifications for travel ban and asset freeze as stated in Annexe 1 to the UN Security Council Zero Draft on Renewal of South Sudan Sanctions on individuals," concluded the rebel statement.


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  • 1 June 2018 02:24, by lino

    Did Ann. Gordon Buay lies 2 days ago that UNSC was short of 9 vote “yes”?! You are fired son of Kiir Mayardiit Kuathpiny!!! Your mathematical calculations were wrong.

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  • 1 June 2018 03:15, by Games

    I couldn’t believe it, Ethiopia is still feeling sorry for those idiots in Juba. Salva Kiir is administration doesn’t deserve any support from anybody. Hugely thanks goes to those above 9 countries who have voted to punishing that rotten regime in Juba

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    • 1 June 2018 08:19, by Mookachaar Jieng

      Ahahahahahah!Buay Malek, don,t lies the People of South Sudan, please tell the lies to Kiir, Makuey Lueth, and Awek Ateny because when you tell the truth, you will be removed.
      Where is your baseless claim?
      UNSC has scored 9 yes vote, please wait for 45 days, the arms embargo will follow.
      Dr.Machar is coming to South Sudan with 50% power, authority, and responsibilities.

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    • 1 June 2018 08:24, by Mookachaar Jieng

      Next, Dr. Machar will come to South Sudan as soon as the trustworthy, visionary, competent, wise president.

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      • 1 June 2018 10:27, by Kuch

        Mookachaar Jieng,
        "Your Riek Machar is long dead in J1 in 2016 fool". Bring your another Ngundeng Buong magician, ’Nuer ke Nyantoc to our country fools’ if you damn can chap. And you will come & meet us on the ground. You Nuer business of sellout to foreign criminals or foreign masters for free food is fast becoming un manageable>>>>

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    • 1 June 2018 09:18, by jubaone

      IGAD is an "Inter-Governmental Authority" and is financed and run by the member states. To think that anyone member would be hostile to it’s fellow members is foolish. Ethiopia just couldn’t and that is why IGAD is rotten. They can’t be the player and referee at the same time. Either UN or none. AU is just as worthless as IGAD. African dilemma.

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      • 1 June 2018 09:25, by jubaone

        The US, EU all helped the SPLA/M during the 21 yrs of liberation. Now the "ungrateful and silly" child turns around to embrace short-legged communist Chinese and Russian ducks. Where these not the very communists who supplied weapons to Bashir to kill our people? How stupid could this SPLA/M be to just "forget". The US must treat them like the Taliban.

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    • 1 June 2018 09:25, by Eastern


      Read between the lines. Ethiopia simply acted halfheartedly. With the large number of Ethiopian business people all over South Sudan, if Ethiopia does not appear to support the regime in Juba, the rogue regime is more than capable of DOING IDI AMIN to Ethiopian business people in South Sudan! Kiir can do what Idi Amin did even better..!

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      • 1 June 2018 12:51, by South South

        jubaone and Eastern,

        Two of you are just cowards, nothing more. Barking about international community support to win a war is stupid and embarrassing to see. Don’t point fingers to IGAD, AU and Ethiopia. The issues of South Sudan are not from sky, they are inside South Sudan and South Sudanese will be the one to deal with it and find good solution.This shit and that shit will bring no good to SS

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        • 1 June 2018 13:38, by jubaone

          South South
          Look! If we could settle our differences without external interference, that would have long been done. Fact is, we as SS just couldn’t. If you jienges claim, you liberated SS then stupidly urged the rest to vote for referendum in Jan 2011 only to show us your ugly shitholes. You misused our nationalism and trust. Result is war.

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          • 1 June 2018 13:45, by jubaone

            South South
            As long as jienges want to own the SS and run it luke a luak, there will be war. Not IGAD, US, EU , AU will stop that. The jienges must choose what they want.

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            • 1 June 2018 13:47, by South South


              If you want war, why do you cry everyday about international community support? If rebels think they can impose their wicked ideas on us, then are totally wrong. Peace doesn’t mean to give away a country to traitors and betrayers. You are chicken coming home to roost.

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              • 1 June 2018 13:55, by jubaone

                South South
                Rejecting and fighting jienges is an obligation and if that makes me a rebel, I don’t give a fuck. That is your problem. I have stated often, if you get me kill me and if U get you I’ll kill you and defecate into your mouth. I’ll never renege from this.

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                • 1 June 2018 13:56, by jubaone

                  ...if I get you...

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                  • 1 June 2018 16:37, by South South


                    Don’t start making errors in your writing and quickly correct them. These are the symptoms of someone who is scare to death. We don’t play with betrayers like you. I am glad you decided long time ago to run away from South Sudan. Do you know why? You are afraid coward old man.

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  • 1 June 2018 04:34, by choldit

    This is really a relief to see those stupid tribal leaders on sanction line. Kiir must understand that accountability for the killing of innocent civilians in South Sudan is at his doorsteps. As for Buay Nyakiel, he must and his greedy brother at Humaniterian ministry, they pack their things from Jikany Kiir to Warrap.just like Lol Nyakiir and Taban Nyakek. Greedy assses.

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    • 1 June 2018 07:52, by padiit gaga

      That was i said the crumb eater of Kirr table lair who lie UN voted last yesterday. UN was vote yesterday while mojority vote S.Sudan sanction i love it my people don’t hear with ears but with their eyes now the will start to hear with eyes even our blind president came to Addis to begg Ethiopian not accept sanction but the were vote out.
      I love it we need sanction that is why my primitive and unc

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  • 1 June 2018 09:21, by Eastern

    South South,

    Where are you, moron..?! Get me my monkey stew, monkey poop!

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    • 1 June 2018 10:34, by Kuch

      Why do you foreign creep always complaining about Mr. Salva Kiir & our country? You have your damn massive problems in Darfur, Southern Kordupan & Southern Blue Nile, than even here in South Sudan. Do you fools think that South Sudan & North Sudan would be re-united like "East & West Germany"? Grow up creep, that is not gonna happen even in million years>>>>

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      • 1 June 2018 10:44, by Kuch

        Mr. Eastern,
        Your so-called UNSC threats are just ’dog whistlings’. We don’t give a damn about these cheap & dirty intrigues. Here in South Sudan & Sudan, Mr. Eastern fool, we are very way well ahead of your evil people Americans, British people, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states, paymasters, Abesahs (ethiopia), some Bantus & some of their creepy allies in between. We are the Ancient>>>

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        • 1 June 2018 10:53, by Kuch

          people fools. We are not going to ’live side by side’ with the Saudi Arabian evils, their evil juus, your North Sudan & their so-called ethiopians, Bantus of Nigeria, Central Kenyan creeps, South Africans, Bantus & some of their creepy allies in between, here in our Nilotic plains>>> Reasons, PURE HATRED & RACISM. Watch this space>>>

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    • 1 June 2018 13:20, by South South


      Iam in the field in South Sudan making sure our country is protected. Individuals sanctions, shit, who are care?

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  • 1 June 2018 09:22, by Eastern

    South South,

    Where are you, moron..?! Get me my monkey stew, monkey poop!

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    • 1 June 2018 11:00, by Kuch

      Look for you monkey poops fool, here in South Sudan. We are way to well ahead of you idiot & your masters from the US, the UK, their UN, their creepy allies in the IGAD or the AU. We are going to bomb the evils out of Africa, here in our own East Africa region, Saudi Arab Arabia, your cloned so-called arab North Sudan, South Africa, Central Kenya, the whole of the so-called ethiopia>>>

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      • 1 June 2018 11:06, by Kuch

        and their so-called *israel*. Mr. Eastern, we don’t like white people. Mr. Eastern, the most RACISTS & the most full of HATRED on earth are us----the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan. Some evils like us & we don’t like them. But their love affair with our country & our has gone too far. The owners are back.

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      • 1 June 2018 11:07, by Kuch

        and their so-called *israel*. Mr. Eastern, we don’t like white people. Mr. Eastern, the most RACISTS & the most full of HATRED on earth are us----the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan. Some evils like us & we don’t like them. But their love affair with our country & our has gone too far. The owners are back.

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  • 1 June 2018 11:15, by Joker Wizard

    As the say goes, " The test of the pudding is in the eating" and the second say which the US and the UN took to save the lives of poor South Sudanese goes like "A stitch in time, saves nine". It is now clear that, the problem makers are de-amplified, Just one month will proof the de-amplification of the status-co. bravo UNSC! for your continuous observing the suffering of the people in-need-indee

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  • 1 June 2018 12:20, by Kush Natives

    Some idiots are always dancing when hearing sanctions against South Sudan like they will takeover asap. Please, be advised, we’ll put another kiir, no Riek Will land in this country! Surrender all, before sanctions reached out there in the bush! We’re going to sanction all the trees you’re under.

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