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South Sudan government lauds US push for deferral of sanctions


February 28, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has welcomed the latest diplomatic shift by the government of the United States (US) to defer proposed sanctions of arms embargo on South Sudan. United Kingdom (UK) this week proposed an arms embargo to be imposed on the war-ravaged country by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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Ex-US president Barack Obama meets with South Sudan president Salva Kiir in New York on 21 September 2011 (Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

UK, one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, which received a briefing on Thursday on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, said it was time to impose the sanctions. Ambassador Matthews Rycroft of the UK Mission to the UN told the council on Friday that continuing fighting in South Sudan demonstrated the need for an immediate arms embargo.

“In South Sudan, half the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. It is clear that despite the Peace Agreement, the continued fighting is further entrenching the humanitarian crisis. That is why the UK is calling for an arms embargo now,” Rycroft was quoted as saying in multiple media outlets.

He also said individuals seen as obstacle to peace aimed at ending 21 months of the civil war in South Sudan should also become targets of sanctions.

However, US, another traditional ally of UK, opposed the timing of the sanctions, saying there was need to give time to the opposing parties in the August 2015 peace agreement to implement the deal.

South Sudanese minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the government appreciated and commended the latest shift in position of the US to push for deferral of sanctions in order to allow the parties implement the peace agreement.

“The government of the republic of South Sudan appreciates and commends the government and the people of the United States for their support to the government of the republic of South Sudan and its people, to stand together in the implementation of the peace agreement. The parties to the peace agreement need support, not punishment. Sanctions will not help,” Benjamin told Sudan Tribune.

Gordon Buay, one of the senior South Sudanese diplomats at the mission to the United States in Washington DC, also told Sudan Tribune in a separate interview that the government commended US for being against the UK proposal of sanctions.

Buay said UK believed that adoption of such a measure would make it illegal for nations around the world to sell weapons to South Sudanese government and opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by Riek Machar, first vice president designate.

Media reports indicate that the proposal by the United Kingdom has the backing of Angola, an elected member of the Security Council, which reportedly introduced the proposal to the Security Council.

Angola’s UN Ambassador, Ismael A. Gaspar Martins, was quoted as saying, "The situation evolves and you have to evolve with the situation. Now what is necessary to do is an arms embargo."

"We have proposed and I hope everybody goes with it," said Martins.

Veto-power China and Russia said last month they were opposed to an arms embargo on South Sudan, but the two nations previously declined to use their veto power in 2014 when a number of South Sudanese generals came up for sanctions.

It is not yet clear how they would vote if the arms embargo actually comes to a vote at the Security Council.


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  • 28 February 2016 22:34, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Great news. I need more tanks and ammunitions to deal with Khartoum after Machar comes back to Juba. Khartoum must leaves south Sudan land before 2018.

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    • 29 February 2016 00:47, by Darkangel

      Funny you say that! Because thats exactly what the US was thinking. Once arms embargo is established, would be hard to lift. The the US, Israel & others cant help SSudan, SPLMN & darfur rebels to fight Khartoum. All their weapons shipments would be against the sanctions 7 the world would see the evil nature of these criminals in the West & Ssudan. Moron thinks SSudan can fight Khartoum alone hahah

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      • 29 February 2016 03:37, by Hardlinner

        darkangel, it is not bad when one acquire deterrent weapons. i’m against war myself. whether be it btn north v south or south v rebels. north Sudan need to let go of Abyei and other disputed areas. the only way of making north choose peace over war is when war become last option. USA and Russia may hate one another to death, but can never choose war over dialog.

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      • 29 February 2016 14:54, by Khent


        The United States does not support an arms embargo because it understand that it would bridle only one side in the conflict. The Russians and the Chinese are also opposed to an arms embargo. It’s not going to happen. So you think that a veto-wielding member of the Security Council [the United States] could do nothing to prevent the imposition of a UN arms embargo on South Sudan?

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        • 29 February 2016 15:09, by Khent

          South Sudan can militarily confront Sudan on its own only if it commits itself to all the political, social and economic reforms necessary to forge a strong State — a strong State with a capable military. South Sudan needs leaders that place a premium on defending the country — leaders with a vision. I don’t see anybody in Juba that fits that bill.

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          • 29 February 2016 15:15, by Khent

            When it comes to national security, one needs to be as cold as a snake and as cunning as the ’devil’. There are a great deal of hard men in South Sudan but they lack the intelligence to be useful. Reforms are required.

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            • 29 February 2016 15:16, by Khent

              South Sudan needs to comprehensively overhaul its military over a ten year period, at the very least. South Sudan has more ’Generals’ than the British military - a problem that all African militaries impose on themselves. South Sudan has no military Academies and makes use of platforms and weapons from the 60s. That needs to change...

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              • 29 February 2016 15:16, by Khent

                ..If Juba plays its cards right, it can have access to things that Khartoum couldn’t even dream of. Juba needs to change the way it views war and the way it prosecutes it; Juba can send its most gifted, intelligent and hard-working officers to Israel to learn the Western way of war and how to execute combined arms operations.

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                • 29 February 2016 15:18, by Khent

                  Khartoum won’t have access to this world. Juba also needs to work with Israel and Russia to build up its intelligence capabilities and capitalize on the expertise and strengths of each to build a formidable intelligence apparatus. Links with Israel would provide Juba with access to advanced avionics, electro-optical systems, targeting pods, encrypted tactical data links...

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                  • 29 February 2016 15:22, by Khent

                    ..48 cores + processor mission computers, battlefield management systems, world class drones, counter-battery radars, SAR radars, AESA radars and much more. Khartoum won’t have access to these things and so South Sudan can eclipse Khartoum’s military abilities if it takes on the challenge.

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                    • 29 February 2016 15:26, by Khent

                      Now to be clear, none of this is even remotely achievable with the current ’leadership’. If Juba formulates ways to properly exploit its vast natural resources, it can become significantly wealthier than Sudan, but South Sudan will have to stamp out corruption and put an end to this totally unnecessary war - a devastating war that will prolong South Sudan’s reclamation of its territories.

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                      • 29 February 2016 15:27, by Khent

                        Israel can provide South Sudan with certain short and medium range tactical drones, but Juba really should work directly with scientists and engineers from South Africa’s Denel systems and Israel Aerospace Industries to develop long range drones, in order to circumvent the Missile Technology Control Regime...

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                        • 29 February 2016 15:28, by Khent

                          There really is no reason why Khartoum should have a more advanced military. Every time I see these ’leaders’ on my screens, I wish them death. There is absolutely nothing more important than a Nation’s ability to defend itself, but Juba doesn’t seem to understand this and through child-like ignorance, stupidity, endemic corruption, incompetence, myopia and initiating self-destructive wars...

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                          • 29 February 2016 15:31, by Khent

                            ..Juba has permitted Khartoum to continually molest its airspace and bomb its people. And if that wasn’t enough, it had to start killing its own people as well - sparking a war that will have social and political ramifications for decades to come.

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                            • 29 February 2016 15:32, by Khent

                              The lack of discipline in South Sudan’s armed forces is unbelievable, and so Juba really should introduce high and stringent standards on discipline; virtually nothing is prohibited — nothing is contraband. Juba also desperately needs to retire any illiterate in senior positions and work on increasing literacy among the grunts...

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                              • 29 February 2016 15:33, by Khent

                                ..Juba should also improve its relations with Washington and other Western countries of significance in order to advance its military capabilities; it needs to send its best officers to America’s premier military academies such as West Point and Fort Benning and send others to academies in Israel, Britain and Russia..

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                                • 29 February 2016 15:34, by Khent

                                  Juba needs to institute organisational changes; command and control needs to be more efficient and nimble; logistics require a world of improvement. I won’t even get into the details on South Sudan’s virtually non-existent training programs; snap inspections and drills need to be introduced and a strong MIC must be established — one capable of meeting all of South Sudan’s primary needs.

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    • 29 February 2016 00:50, by Darkangel

      Do you dinkas always have fighting on your mind. No wonder SSudan is going down the drain. You will never have peace in Ssudan.

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      • 29 February 2016 14:43, by Khent


        As opposed to the wonderful peace that you’ve consistently enjoyed in the North? LOL! Your wars have claimed far more lives than the war in South Sudan, so stop embarrassing yourself.

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        • 29 February 2016 18:27, by Darkangel

          Twisted mind as always, but I don’t blame you. It’s genetic! My point Dinka have terrorised others in the region from existence. Pre-sudan. During the Civil war it was mainly Dinka, while other tribes were able to maintain some arrangement with each other & Arabs. Now in SSudan it’s Dinka doing the killing & when that’s finished want to go at the Arabs again. Disclaim that angrystien.

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        • 29 February 2016 18:30, by Darkangel

          Oh BTW, you 6 page delusional rant up there wasn’t worth responding to. It sounds more like a Hollywood blockbuster. If SSUDAN had the oil of Saudi & military support of Israel & US combined, they wouldn’t be able to take Abyie ! Let alone defeat the North. So keep your wet dreams to yourself & stop provoking the natives.

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          • 29 February 2016 18:46, by Darkangel

            I hope UN puts embargo on SSudan. Maybe then they will learn discipline you’re talking about. Having an illiterate, tribal, ex-rebellion, undisciplined, alcohol and power intoxicated militia with modernised weapons is a huge mistake. For the sake of peace in SSudan & the region, get the weapons off these crazy fools. Atleast Somalis had a disciplined army before the Americans destroyed the country

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            • 1 March 2016 04:51, by Khent


              You’re most likely the product of incest; your parents are probably first cousins, so I don’t think I’ll allow you to lecture me on mental health. Care to provide any actual evidence that the Dinka have been ’terrorizing’ other tribes since ’existence’? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Islam has been terrorizing the Dinka and other Nilotic tribes for centuries.

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              • 1 March 2016 05:00, by Khent

                You do realise that it was the Equatorians that formed the first movement against the Arabs? The Nuer (who later surrendered to you) rejected the Addis Ababa peace agreement and created their own movement almost a decade before the Dinka basically set up the SPLM/A. If other tribes received you so positively, why did they so overwhelmingly vote to extricate themselves from you?

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                • 1 March 2016 05:07, by Khent

                  The Sudanese military simply isn’t 1/10th as formidable as you’ve been led to believe. Keep drinking that Jihad Kool-Aid. The real Arabs in western Asia (not poor imitations like you) have all lost against Israel in every major conflict, so if Israel had any desire to intervene directly on the side of Juba, you wouldn’t last 2 weeks...

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                  • 1 March 2016 05:18, by Khent

                    ..And all your conventional military assets would be completely destroyed in the first couple of hours in a war in which Israel is an active participant in one way or the other. The United States is the world’s premier military power, so I won’t even address your laughable delusions. You’re one incredibly hilarious aloha snackbarring fantasist.

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                    • 1 March 2016 05:28, by Khent

                      Your military was removed from ’Heglig’ by a significantly smaller force, and you were pushed 50-60 km North of ’Heglig’ by a military without an air-force, without air defense, and without sufficient artillery assets, or sufficient numbers of AFVs... and you couldn’t dislodge them until the Iranians bombed the South Sudanese on your behalf. Pathetic!

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  • 29 February 2016 02:11, by lino

    Let us have peace in both Sudans. Our people need it the most. Leave these Politicians in both countries fighting themselves without armies.

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    • 29 February 2016 18:35, by Darkangel

      I appreciate your kind gesture Linu. But Sudan gave up SSudan for peace. Yes we have border issues, many countries do. But no peace will happen while SSudan continues its military & logistic support for its 9th & 10th army divisions. As long as it cooperates with arab haters like mosevini & Israel to cause instability in the region. Chad,Ethiopia,Eritrea all had problems with sudan for same reason

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    • 29 February 2016 18:39, by Darkangel

      Western countries & Isreal telling them Sudan is a threat & funding them. But they realised the game & now all have relationship with Sudan despite some border issues. But SSudan openly supports terrorist rebels, despite Sudan offering a helping hand. Your politicians & generals have lived off hate speeches against Arabs too long. Start with them if you want peace.

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      • 1 March 2016 05:41, by Khent


        How many times must your retarded arse be told that Khartoum supported various rebel groups in South Sudan at least a full year before the war in Kordofan and Blue Nile broke out? Juba is merely reciprocating. The countries you mentioned only started assisting rebels in Sudan when you funded and armed Islamist terrorists and rebels in these countries.

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        • 1 March 2016 05:43, by Khent

          Former rebels like the now defunct South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A), the SSDM/A-Cobra faction and the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) admitted that they received military assistance from Khartoum before they were integrated into the SPLA. This happened before wars broke out in Kordofan and Blue Nile. You also supported the LRA in 2006 against South Sudan.

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          • 1 March 2016 05:49, by Khent

            You occupy Nation size territories belonging to the South (Kafia Kingi), rejected the 2009 PCA ruling on Abyei, and you supported terrorists and rebel groups in South Sudan almost 2 years before the acted in kind... and they are to blame? LOL!

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  • 29 February 2016 04:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Shit, look at them.

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  • 29 February 2016 09:05, by Angelo Achuil

    This government apparently don’t fully know what an "embargo" will do this country or how difficult it is to remove country name once it hit the list - whatever sanction it was. Ask Sudan about their being in the "terrorist-sponsoring" list.

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