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South Sudan reject arms embargo, says undermines sovereignty


A rocket is launched by SPLA forces from the back of a military vehicle at Mathiang near Bor, South Sudan, January 26, 2014. (Reuters Photo)

July 12, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a global proposal seeking consensus to impose an arms embargo on the young nation, questioning the intention behind the advocacy.

"What is the reason for these sanctions? The president is fully committed to implementing the peace agreement. The rebel leader Riek Machar has returned and the transitional government of national unity has been formed," explained South Sudanese ambassador to neighbouring country of Kenya.

Ambassador Chol Mawut Unguec Ajonga, argued that the arms embargo would reduce the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of South Sudan, to carrying "only sticks."

"What do they want? Do they want our national army to carry only sticks," he asked in an interview with the London based British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday on the situation in the country.


The diplomat was reacting to reports quoting the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, who described the situation in South Sudan as a result of a failed leadership in the country.

Ki Moon called on the global community to take immediate action on the situation in South Sudan to avert more disaster, asserting there was no other moment to waste

"The renewed fighting is outrageous. It is yet another grievous setback. It deepens the country’s suffering. It makes a mockery of commitments to peace," said Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general at an address to the UN Security Council on South Sudan on Monday.

The head of the world body told members of the Security Council on that many people have been killed in the four days of heavy fighting and there are growing fears that many more could die in another round of violence.

He expressed condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who have been killed in the fighting that has consumed Juba and condemned the killing of two Chinese peacekeepers and one UN national staff.

"I am appalled by these indiscriminate attacks on civilians and peacekeepers. The two UNMISS compounds in Juba have been caught in the cross-fire and sustained mortar and heavy artillery fire. At least two internally displaced persons have been killed in the UNMISS protection of civilians sites, and some 35 injured," Ki-moon said in a statement.

Thousands of civilians have fled to various locations in the town, including the two UNMISS compounds.

The UN chief particularly blamed the leaders of South Sudan for having failed their people and squandered much of the promise to return the country to normalcy.

"Rarely has a country squandered so much promise, so quickly. What kind of leadership is it that resorts to deadly weapons and identity politics, time and again? Failed leadership," he stressed.

He said his message to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar was clear, asking them to do everything in their power to de-escalate the hostilities immediately and order their respective forces to withdraw to their bases.

"Let me underscore, again, to all those leading and perpetrating these hostilities that acts of violence perpetrated against civilians and United Nations and humanitarian personnel, assets and premises may constitute a war crime. There must and will be accountability for the atrocities that have been committed in South Sudan since 2013. It is not just leaders who must face a reckoning, but all those in the chain of command, including chiefs of staff and other officials complicit in the violence," he said.

The international community, he added, through its wide-ranging security, legal and human rights mechanisms, will be carefully monitoring developments in the coming days precisely in order to be able to identify on whom the burden of accountability for war crimes should ultimately be placed.


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  • 12 July 2016 22:23, by lino

    What sovereignty if people are dying in your own hands???! Is not Bashir nowadays!!!

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    • 12 July 2016 22:24, by lino

      Look at the picture! they are launching from somebody’s home.

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      • 13 July 2016 06:07, by choldit

        Mr Moon ur words on this msg are clear but will u make sure this time they are supported by the world nations? Plse help South Sudan out of this mesry of Dinka tribe Jieng council of elders (JCE) leader, Salva Kiir mayardit and his innocence pple killer, Paul Malong Awan and Kuol Manyang and their lying machine , makue Lueth. this war is clearly preplaned by Salva Kiir and his tribesmen to kill

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  • 12 July 2016 23:27, by Mr Point

    Sovereignty is already undermined by the acts of war on civilians.
    Sovereignty is already undermined by the huge debts built up to pay for the arms used against civilians.
    South Sudan has only a few days foreign currency left so won’t be able, in any case, for the arms it desires.

    Why can’t the government build bridges instead of graves?

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  • 13 July 2016 02:30, by Joseph Canada

    When the Government uses the tanks and the gunship on his own people, t qualifies the right to be sanctioned.!!!.

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    • 13 July 2016 10:37, by barbayo

      Joseph Canada
      you are right government can not use tanks and gunship on his own people but if people not understand constitution and law of the country what shall you do and they believe of outsiders force ?

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  • 13 July 2016 06:32, by Eastern

    SPLA-Kiir will navigate the proposed arms embargo by sneaking into South Sudan by the help of Museveni of Uganda. Most of these lethal weapons used in the attempt to kill Dr Machar, including the Russian helicopter and the Austrian made Diamond 24 surveillance plane were brought through Uganda government. UN needs to plug this loophole!

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  • 13 July 2016 07:09, by Eastern

    The Israeli with the ACE Galil rifles used by the National [In]security Services operatives of Kiir, the Russian with their helicopters and the Chinese with their military trucks and the numerous rifles and rockets, etc. All these need to be stopped from entering South Sudan as soon as possible, undermining sovereignty notwithstanding!!!

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  • 13 July 2016 08:46, by denis

    If the soldiers only had sticks, most South Sudanese would be happy.

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  • 13 July 2016 13:28, by Morthon Akol

    I personally went to challenge the Secretary general Mr. Ban-ki Moon how many countries are in war with itself now live alone South Sudan? if you are not a fail Secretary and you claim that you went to Unite the world as a Secretary general of the United notion

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  • 13 July 2016 13:32, by Morthon Akol

    I personally went to challenge the Secretary general Mr. Ban-ki Moon how many countries are in war with itself now live alone South Sudan? if you are not a fail Secretary and you claim that you went to Unite the world as a Secretary general of the United notion

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  • 14 July 2016 15:13, by Angelo Achuil

    Arm embargo? That will just be like punishing the whole country - innocent and guilty alike. This will make the culprits smile and keep on moving! Why not targeted sanctions on the few (people know) holding the Country hostage and subjecting it to perpetual violence and death??

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