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U.S. imposes targeted sanctions on three people for fuelling South Sudan conflict


An armed South Sudanese government soldier stands near a village in Bor on January 26, 2014 (Photo AFP)
December 14, 2018 (WASHINGTON) - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions against three individuals two South Sudanese and an Israeli, accusing them of trading in weapons with Juba in violation of international sanctions and undermining peace.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement that Israel Ziv and Obac William Olawo were designated by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) "for being leaders of firms that supplied the Government of South Sudan with weapons and ammunition.

Ziv is also accused of supplying weapons to the rebels.

While Gregory Vasili, the former governor of Gogrial State, was designated by OFAC for brokering deals for the sale of military equipment to the South Sudanese government. Also, he provided arms and commanded a militia engaged in conflict with a competing clan.

"As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of those designated by OFAC, that is in the United States or the possession or control of a U.S. person, must be blocked and reported to OFAC," said the State Department.

In two separate reports released in September 2016 and March 2018, The Sentry, an investigation report Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, revealed the role of Vasili and Olawo in actions undermining peace and stability in South Sudan.

Gregory Vasili was involved in procurement and embezzlement scandals in its report “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction in South Sudan”. While Obac William Olawo’s role in the conflict is described in “Fueling Atrocities: Oil and War in South Sudan”.

Reacting to the sanctions, Prendergast welcomed the measures taken by the U.S. administration against the three individuals who are part of the system of grand corruption that fuels extreme violence in South Sudan and actually makes war profitable.

"This is exactly the way leverage should be built to support peace and fight corruption in Africa. Individual sanctions alone are inadequate," he further said.

The State Department vowed to use all available mechanisms to promote a permanent end to the brutal conflict in east African country in order to bring peace, freedom, and prosperity to the South Sudanese people.

South Sudan has been under an arms embargo imposed by the U.S. in February 2018 and the United Nations in July of the same year.

The government and the main armed opposition group and several other opposition factions signed a peace deal brokered by the IGAD on 12 September 2018.


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  • 15 December 2018 01:02, by Khent

    This is precisely what your blood-lust, greed, myopia and incompetance gets you. South Sudan is a complete joke and an embarrassment to itself and to the continent and the African diaspora at large. I’ve never seen a ’Country’ [barely] fail itself so completely. It’s almost as if they’re following a manual on ’How best to destroy your country’. It’s sad really.

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    • 15 December 2018 05:41, by Malakal county Simon

      Unwanted president Salva Kiir and his stooge supporters, has tragically failed to lead our nation.... They should simply call it a quit and hand over the leadership to some one else to to rescue the country from being driven into deep-deep ocean....

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      • 15 December 2018 06:41, by Games

        Malakal County Simon
        The country had already failed state accounting to the international standards. Our country will be worsest than those of Congo and Somalia in the next years comming. When you looks carefully on what is going on right now. Salva Kiir has had used Taban Deng Gai to fight Machar. Than after the recent peace ceremony, Salva Kiir has dumped Taban for Machar.

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        • 15 December 2018 06:50, by Games

          Continue.. Taban Deng is building his Military for next war to fight Salva Kiir. Same the international community are not releasing funds for peace implementation, which means they actually encouraged the both the parties to go back to war in the next couples of Months. You have seen Salva Kiir just took off to South Africa for military supports and Finances as well. Our country was fuckd up by th

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          • 15 December 2018 06:52, by Games

            Our country was fuckd up by those Gongrial gangsters

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        • 15 December 2018 08:53, by Kush Natives

          I don’t really know, if you’re really crying or laughing stock.

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      • 15 December 2018 08:47, by Kush Natives

        Malakal county Simon,
        Very good hearing from you again! I thought that we should all put effort into the peace process, but nonetheless.

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  • 15 December 2018 06:18, by lino

    Great more and worst for Corrupted ever leaders is yet to come!!! People of South Sudan bloodshed shouldn’t go in vain!!! It should hunt all involved including their children children!!!!

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  • 15 December 2018 06:49, by Eastern

    ......the REGION SOUTH OF THE SUDAN that has failed to get independent....! Those who thought they can poke the underside of the USA and get away with better rethink!

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  • 15 December 2018 11:04, by Charles Majok

    When the mafia within the SPLM assassinated the former First Vice President of the Sudan and the founder Chairman of the SPLM/A, Dr John Garang de Mabior, the SPLM/A ceased to exist. It was replaced by illiterate villagers from Bahr El Ghazal.

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    • 15 December 2018 11:13, by Eastern


      The scarifications on their heads have turned off pumpkins....Lol! SPLA/M did what it could do, state building isn’t one of their areas of expertise.....

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  • 15 December 2018 11:14, by Eastern

    SOUTH SOUTH, where art thou JENGE MONGREL......?!

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