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S. Sudan’s president says sanctions will escalate war

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March 16, 2015 (JUBA) – Threats by the United Nations to impose sanctions on South Sudanese leaders could further escalate the country’s conflict, president Salva Kiir has warned.

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (Photo: AP/Sayyid Azim)

“These threats and intimidations of sanctions will hurt the ordinary people and this will escalate the conflict. The best way is to support peaceful process than punishments”, president Kiir said on Saturday.

The South Sudanese leader was speaking at a political function at which he briefed members of his government on the outcome of the last round of talks with the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.

He also questioned the ability of the UN and the African Union to take over the leadership of the country, reiterating that he would not accept any attempt to reward rebels with positions in government and the party to avoid setting a bad precedent.

NOT POWER HUNGRY

The president claimed he was not interested in power, but only wanted to respect the choice of the people of South Sudan who overwhelmingly voted him in the country’s 2010 general elections.

“I did not kill anybody to become the president nor did I impose myself. People voted for me to become their president. I am not power hungry and not interested in power acquired through killing and destruction. Many people among you know that”, he stressed.

SUCCESSFUL REGIONAL TOUR

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s foreign minister said regional tours conducted in the wake of threats by United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions was successful.

“I think we are successful, we are being understood now these sanctions are senseless they don’t make meaning at all,” Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Monday.

“Why do you need a sanction at the same time you are saying that there is a humanitarian disaster in South Sudan and at the same time you can enforce sanctions you will make the situation worse because the ordinary people will suffer", he added.

According to Marial, what South Sudan needed now is to go through a peace process.

"It is to help, but not to punish,” stressed the foreign affairs minister.

The UNSC formed a committee early this month to list individuals whose assets could be frozen and a travel ban imposed on them for allegedly obstructing the peace talks.

Marial, however, insists South Sudan does not need punishment for not ending the 15-months old conflict that killed thousands of people and displaced nearly two million others.

“We always say this and I think the international community has got this clear,” he said.

The minister visited Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda as well as some Southern Africa countries.

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  • 17 March 2015 19:43, by Mr Point

    President Salva Kiir started a senseless war with the massacre of civilians in Juba on December 15 and 16, 2013.

    The war has done untold harm to the thousands of civilians of all tribes who have been murdered, raped, tortured, injured or displaced.

    Now Salva Kiir claims to be worried about the effect of sanctions on civilians.

    Why?

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    • 17 March 2015 20:31, by Johndumo14

      There must be war ,the real war with Dr Riek rebels.
      whithout war there can never be Peace in s.sudan.
      The Gov. troops have to dig their heels IN and open their eyes like riyal,this is not the time to talk ,is the time for actions,the SPLA KNOWS VERY WELL ABOT WHO IS DR RIEK.
      PRESIDENT SALVA KIIR NOW KNOW THE REAL COLOURS OF DR RIEK,THE GOV.HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIM MILITARILY!! NO OTHE

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    • 17 March 2015 20:43, by Johndumo14

      WHAT IS sanctions? BRING THE sanctions AND WE WILL SEE??
      South SUDAN HAVE ENOUGH WEAPONS TO FIGHT,FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS. lONG LIVE S.SUDAN.SUDAN CAN FLY IN WEAPONDS DIRECT FROM CHINA OR RUSSIA USING THE BIGEEST CARGO PLANES IN THE WORLD THE Biggest Transport Aircraft in The World - Antonov-225 Mriya

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  • 17 March 2015 21:29, by Nyesi Ta

    Kiir al Awiir started the war by trying to Kill his critics in cold blood, accusing them falsely of plotting to overthrow his useless government that didn’t deliver service to the very people he claims to have elected him in 2010 defunct elections. 2010 election that became null and void after SS became independent.

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  • 17 March 2015 21:43, by Nyesi Ta

    Cont...
    2010 election only gave him the mandate to govern the autonomous government of SS, GOSS. The stupid Kiir don’t need to read the constitution b/n the lines. Kiir need to be told what his mandate was in 2010 elections either peacefully or thru the barrel of the gun. Since u people are for war, let’s go for it.

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  • 18 March 2015 06:03, by Pure Nationalist

    Due to your political incompetence, you dipped South Sudan into blood bowl by resorting to military

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  • 18 March 2015 06:09, by Pure Nationalist

    You will never escape justice no matter how long you stay in power

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  • 18 March 2015 16:32, by lino

    Mr. President, you have destroyed what have been handed to you in Golden Spoon!!!
    History will tell.

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