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S. Sudan praises China and Russia over rejection of UN sanctions


January 28, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has commended China and Russia for rejecting a proposed imposition of sanctions on key leaders, including President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, asserting that such a move would derail implementation of peace deal signed in August 2015 by the warring parties in the young country.

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The UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan (Photo: UN/Devra Berkowitz)

“The government of the republic of South Sudan welcomes the relentless efforts of the government and people of the people’s republic of China and the government of federal republic of Russia,” South Sudanese foreign affairs and international cooperation minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said Thursday.

“The support for peaceful settlement of the conflict has been consistent with the government principle of settling the conflict through peaceful dialogue without threats of sanctions,” he explained.

He made the remarks in response to a recommendation from UN experts that the two principal leaders in the conflict be sanctioned.

Minister Benjamin revealed Egypt, Senegal and Angola are also some of the African countries at the council which rejected the United Nations experts to impose sanctions on leaders and oil production and sale as well as arms embargo.

Also South Sudanese minister of information and broadcasting, Micheal Makuei Lueth, in a separate comment to the media accused the UN experts of trying to effect a regime change by targeting key leaders from the two main sides of the government and the opposition faction.

Gordon Buay, one of South Sudanese representatives at its mission to the United States told Sudan Tribune in a separate interview on Wednesday that Russia and China had rejected imposition of sanctions on leaders and production and sale of oil.

China, according to Buay, said it would not approve an approach using sanctions to address the crisis in South Sudan recommended by the UN experts as possible measures to enforce a faltering peace process.

“You know there were four (4) recommendations by the UN (United Nations) experts. One of these recommendations was imposition of sanctions on leaders. The other was imposition of sanctions on oil production and third was on arms. The last was about human rights. The first three recommendations have been rejected by China, Russia and they were joined by the African countries which include Egypt, Angola and Senegal, which is a very big diplomatic achievement for us and for Africa,” said Buay.

The United States, he added, said it would seek legal opinion on human rights proposal before endorsing. This, Buay stressed, implies that most of the recommendations by the panel would not be endorsed by the Security Council of the United Nations.

UN experts have accused principal leaders, Kiir and Machar, of allegedly involving in direct execution of the war for the past two years.


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  • 28 January 2016 22:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Russia and China, should have to persuad or to presure Kiir, and Riek Machar, to implement comprises peace instead to protect them.

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    • 29 January 2016 06:45, by Akuma

      Congratulations to Russia, China & African countries for their commendable move in rejecting imposition of sanction to South Sudanese leaders. If it was approved, it will derail the implementation of peace agreement the two parties are gearing up to implemented. So both President Kiir and rebel Riek Machar can speed up the implementation of peace otherwise......

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    • 29 January 2016 15:03, by komriicker

      America or the so-called western Countries are stupid if not for one thing; they are talking sanction against south Sudanese leaders, but in reality they mean to impose sanction on the ground that Kiir would leave for Riek, but that will never happen

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  • 28 January 2016 22:22, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    UNSC, need South Sudanese citizens to be in peace rather than war, otherwise the individual sanction should have to be floating in.
    But presidentent Kiir, is interested to implement comprises peace as south Sudanese indeed need rather than should face sanction individually.

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  • 29 January 2016 05:42, by dinkdong

    Praises your poor allies. The sanction will still get you. Country ran by idiots.

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  • 29 January 2016 06:40, by Son of Ngundeng

    Russia and China always look for their own interest not the interest of South Sudanese nation,
    (1) Russia selling weapons to South Sudan.
    (2) China own the oil production in South Sudan.

    It mean they are protecting their own cash!!
    Kiir and Machar must be sanction if they will play dirty game to our nation.

    Son of Prophet
    currently at I.O HQs.

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    • 29 January 2016 09:10, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Hoooo! Mr. Son of Nguendeng,

      Have you forgotten of your words that Riak Machar was Nguendeng’s right man for entire Nuer that could be the president in South Sudan? Why do you now wish him to be sanctioned? Have you realized that you were being cheated? Now you’re conscious, keep it on!

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      • 29 January 2016 13:01, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Nuer machut, man has a right to change his mind. Therefore, Son of Ngundeng has a right to change his mind. I just realized a few days ago that son of Ngundeng has different attitude or he becomes more conservative in his writing. I respect that. Let’s applauded him on this radical changes. He becomes south Sudan instead of Nuer alone. Welcome back son Ngundeng and thank you for breaking away from

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  • 29 January 2016 07:32, by Kalo

    Russia and China are ever opposite in UNSC even in Sudan crisis but the question is if the impose sanction will it solves the problem of South Sudan or will make it worse like Somalia,Syria,Libya and Sudan particular Darfur area.
    Son of Nuba.

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  • 29 January 2016 07:33, by hamil

    What does Russia and China know about the suffering people of South Sudan? Does anyone think these 2 countries care what happens to South Sudanese? They have far better things to worry about China is simply there to please this rotten government to get its supply of oil and what about Russia what does South Sudan think Russia needs from it? Russians are the world’s best known racist country

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    • 29 January 2016 07:38, by hamil

      They severly hate black people and even those fine looking black people born of mixed races are considered monkeys by Russians so what about a completely dark-skinned South Sudanese with a mark on the foreface what would a Russian call him? If we love this Country we should halt the senseless death of our own brothers in the battle fields.

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      • 29 January 2016 07:51, by hamil

        At the end of the day it is not Russian or Chinese blood and lives getting lost in the battle fields but South Sudanese lives. If this country is to know peace the Jieng Council of Elders, Kiir and Riek have tbe totally terminated from the face of the earth. They are responsible for deaths of thousands and suffering of millions in this nation

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        • 29 January 2016 07:55, by hamil

          If I may ask where was China and Russia when Garang was commanding the SPLA forces in the bush? China was busy pumping Khartoum with money and ammunition to kill our people in the South and now it is the same China that has sneaked in to supply weapons to this rotten government to kill its people. If anything is to happen to this county it is expulsion of Chinese we don’t need them in our country

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  • 29 January 2016 07:35, by Eastern

    Sanctions and arm embargo can be implemented. South Sudanese oil can be stopped right at its source using destructive means or confiscated right from the port at Port Sudan and its proceeds used to feed and treat those in the PoCs in the country. Russia or China can’t be of any help here.

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    • 29 January 2016 08:59, by Force 1


      Do all those in your dream! Russia and China made it clear that there will be no sanctions.

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      • 29 January 2016 10:42, by Eastern


        Lets see what Russia and China really means to you; USA and the global west drive and shape the world. The two countries you have so much faith are for themselves only!

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        • 29 January 2016 13:10, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Sanction is not going to do anything to president Kiir or Machar. Maybe if their assets are froze. Therefore, south Sudan needs to discharge both Kiir and Machar and elected me as next president. I promise you with peace and stability.

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          • 29 January 2016 13:15, by Eastern

            That may be possible if you change your name to South Sudan-Defender General. I am keen on a South Sudanese leader without much attachment to his tribe, tribe and tribe!!!

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            • 29 January 2016 19:59, by dinkdong

              Good one Eastern! Unless General DD over here change his name, he is a corrupt bastard. His name said it all.

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        • 29 January 2016 14:47, by Force 1

          What’s the the sanction that you really need going to do to the people of this country? Do you think that the sanctions are going to give you what you anything you want in life? Did you see what sanctions did to the people of Cuba since 1950s? People of Cuba are still using cars and rotatary phones of 1950s. But you seem as if sanctions are going to give goods and services you want.

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          • 29 January 2016 15:34, by Eastern


            I don’t want sanction imposed on South Sudan but South Sudanese ’leaders’. If Cubans did let their quasi leaders sit on them, they would have rised against them.

            In South Sudan today if those named by the UN are isolated, will they have all the power they are welding now to drag the whole country to the gutters? Let those named be isolated so that they fill the heat of the sanction.

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            • 29 January 2016 15:36, by Eastern

              Kiir, Malong, Riek, etc will be wary of their actions if their communities do not give them the blind support they are rendering now.

              I whole heartedly support the proposed UN suanctions on the proposed individuals.

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            • 29 January 2016 18:37, by Force 1


              Sanctions never affect leaders; did sanctions affect Fidel Castro in any way shape or form? Absolutely not; what sanction did in Cuba is put ordinary people into more hardships than they already have. Just learn from history before you support any sanction that you don’t have any clue about its effect to poor people!

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        • 29 January 2016 15:46, by Hardlinner

          Eastern, it look like you are new to American policies. even the man you support ’riek’ does have reservation against america and west. they pretend to be good people but they are indeed the worst oppressors on the planet.

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    • 29 January 2016 15:41, by Hardlinner

      Eastern, who as balls to confiscate the crude oil from hands of chinese?. your damn america as same power as china and russia and has got nothing to do with decision made by both superpowers. i don’t support both kiir and riek but those fucking americans and their western allies need to back off from south sudan affairs.

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  • 30 January 2016 02:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The real killers of South Sudanese are the two countries that always stands against the voice of logic in united nations security council. They sell lethal weapons to the butchers of South Sudanese in Juba and still block attempts to sanction the flow of the killer machines into the country yet children, women and the old are the victims of this stupid act.

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