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S. Sudan lauds UN Security Council’s failure to impose sanctions, arms embargo


December 24, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has welcomed the failure by members of the United Nations Security Council to obtain the quorum needed to decide whether to impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions or take other measures.

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S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

The cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro described the Security Council’s failure to reach consensus on the course of action as “the best Christmas gift for the peace of South Sudan”, stressing government’s commitment to implement the peace agreement.

"The council of ministers yesterday passed a resolution in which it deplored the way the situation in the country continues to be portrayed. We have noted that the renewed mandate of the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) contains some wordings which are not necessary and which do not represent the realities of the actual situation in the country”, Lomuro said Saturday.

“We have said time and again that what is needed now is to support the implementation of the peace agreement. It is not time to impose targeted sanctions and arms embargo," he added.

According to the minister, sanctions and arms embargo will undermine current efforts by the government to implement the peace, signed in August 2015 to end it’s conflict.

"As the government we welcomed and commend the efforts of those supporting us to implement the peace agreement. Sanctions would not help us move forward”, he said.

Lomuro was reacting to attempts by the 15-member UN body to adopt a United States-drafted resolution forwarded to the Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan, despite warnings it is on the verge of possible genocide.

The Council on Friday held a session at which it sought votes from its members to make a decision on measures to be taken about the situation in South Sudan, but it failed to get quorum. There were seven votes in favour and eight abstentions.

To obtain a resolution on the matter required nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted. Japan, Russia, China, Angola, Malaysia, Venezuela, Egypt and Senegal all abstained from the voting process.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, expressed disappointment at the end of the session, saying the world has failed the people of South Sudan whom she said would be the ones to pay the price of the failure by the global community to act now to avert genocide in the world’s youngest nation.

"The council members who didn’t support this resolution are taking a big gamble that South Sudan’s leaders will not instigate a catastrophe," said Power.

"It is the people of South Sudan who will pay an unbearable price", she added.

Also, a group of seven nongovernmental groups including Amnesty International, Control Arms, Enough Project, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Humanity United, Human Rights Watch, and PAX said in joint statement that the failure to vote the sanctions "was deeply disappointing".

“South Sudanese civilians had a reasonable expectation that the Security Council would make good on its long-standing threat to impose an arms embargo and extend sanctions to some of the senior leaders who have been responsible for grave human rights abuses,” said John Prendergast, founding director at the Enough Project. “I can only imagine their frustration with today’s vote.”

The vote would have seen three key figures in South Sudanese political divides, included the armed opposition leader Riek Machar, chief of South Sudan army (SPLA), Paul Malong, and information minister Michael Makuei Lueth, subjected to asset freezes and travel bans.

This comes after the outgoing UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon on Monday urged the Council to take immediate action to "take steps to stem the flow of arms to South Sudan."


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  • 24 December 2016 18:56, by Eastern

    Well Kiir and cohorts can "laud the the security council" now but this is just the beginning. There are going to be many pushes until when the INTERESTS of Petrona ( Malaysia), Egypt (Nile water), Russia (arms market), China (oil & arms market), Senegal & Angola ( procuring arms to fight dissidents at home) are overcomed by the KILLINGS in South Sudan!!!

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    • 24 December 2016 21:02, by Future1

      We should think big on such matters. Arm Embargo solves nothing in our country, but when imposed it takes some more years to be lifted which will make S.Sudan defenseless for invaders. You people are furious about current government forgetting further consequences.This regime will go but South Sudan remains a country.Let us love our country to fullest.........

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      • 25 December 2016 06:41, by choldit

        Mr. prendergast, shld stop supporting govt of South Sudan in this war by lobbying for inclusion of rebels leader Dr Riek Machar while only bring useless people to list of too be sanctioned from govt side. Absent of Malong and Makuei in govt activities have no harm while grounding Dr Machar and turning ur eyes away from genocide deeds of president kiir and his JCE and Taban Deng can’t bring peace.

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      • 25 December 2016 08:40, by Eastern

        I don’t buy your reasoning here, Uganda arm already procures arms and other military logistics for SPLA-Kiir. That far I know!

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    • 25 December 2016 07:19, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      US & those interested in arms embargo & sanctions have wrongly diagnosed RSS Disease & this eventually leads to total failure of treatment & lastly death.

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  • 24 December 2016 20:26, by mountain boy

    Kirr cohort we know you don’t care for the people of South Sudan. what you know only yourself and Jieng regime but need to know that the government you are bucking is at the fege of falling sooner than later

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  • 24 December 2016 20:27, by mountain boy

    Kirr cohort we know you don’t care for the people of South Sudan. what you know only yourself and Jieng regime but need to know that the government you are bucking is at the fege of falling sooner than later

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  • 24 December 2016 21:23, by Fair Man

    Future 1
    I agree witth you in part, indeed regime will go but South Sudan will remain. But as for procuring weapons, they are now procured to destroy South Sudan *killing* South Sudanese. Temporarily as things stand, South Sudan has enough weapons more than the population of the citizens. No one knows how many guns SPLA have when they signed peace agreement and how many they procured thereafter.

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  • 24 December 2016 21:28, by Fair Man

    continuation........Future 1
    Guns are in millions to the extent that population is lesss leaving others to use spear if the external aggression emerrges. SPLA IO and the likes have their owns, civilians do possess and what have you.No report to indicate that there was destroy of stockfiles of firearms or sale to third countries of firearms by South Sudan. Stop this lobby of procuring more firearms

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  • 25 December 2016 01:09, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What is this crumbs of bread gatherer trying to say. Wher is the peace he is talking about when his kins and kith are in the bushes of Loka. Be realistic please. Not only food should propel you to misinform the world.

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    • 25 December 2016 04:44, by Chang Kuony

      Dr Martin Elia Lomuro ( Pajulu weew),

      I mistakenly thought you can stand with your Pajulu tribe during this critical times they are in but unfortunately,u turn t be their killer,mockery and traitor.u often blame Dr Machar about Jieng policy of "born to rule" but now your Friends are massacred your backbone_ Equatorians at ur watch? What a cowardic? U are so yes man and susubmissiver bastard.

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    • 25 December 2016 04:55, by Chang Kuony

      Dr Martin,stop betraying your Pajulu tribe who brought you from nowhere. Thus imposed Arms Embargo and sanctions to Jaang led government is good for your people who are sufferings under your partner in crimes Jaang Council of Evils ( JCE ).Why are you selling your voters and fellow tribal men and women? The death of Dr Samson Kuagi became curse to Pajulu tribe in particular and Equatorians at larg

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      • 25 December 2016 05:27, by Monyjang

        every tribes claimed now to be good citizens but during the war are blaming Dinka . when Dinka cook the food everybody hate Dinka.

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      • 25 December 2016 06:18, by Future1

        If Dr.Martin confines himself to Pajulu issues, then he is not nationalist. This strategy of tribalism makes Riek failed several attempts for changes (wider demand by some JCE and others) which I think he was taking wrong advice from people like you. Where is common national agenda? Only Nuer,Dinka,Chilluk,Bari,Zande, Pajulu, etc.? Let us stop this madness please!! Not a Pajulu comment.

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        • 25 December 2016 07:44, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Future 1,

          While the government of Jienge are working for Jienge interests you say others should not work to defend their communities interests. You must be a dwarf upstairs. Remember charity begins at home. Your supremacist policies and imperialism are things no one can tolerate.

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  • 25 December 2016 06:00, by Robot

    So in the real sense how does sanctions of Riek, Malong and Makuei bring peace??!. People r so ignorance that we can’t see repercussions of arms embargo, if done Sudan would be the first country to invade South Sudan.

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  • 25 December 2016 07:19, by Tilo

    I think Sanction could bring about peace in South Sudan, All those leaders can not survive without medication, once they are grounded and travel ban is impose on them, that is when they can feel the suffering of South Sudanese,
    What does South Sudanese got to lose (I mean the common man) They have been suffering long enough, Once sanction is impose is their regular life anyway, But those ...

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    • 25 December 2016 07:28, by Tilo

      ...>>> But those enjoying the fruit of this country now will be the once to feel the sanction. Are we thinking for the betterness of the common man or the useless so called leaders who doesn’t care for their citizen.

      Therefore let the so called leaders feel the suffering of the ordinary S. Sudanese today

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  • 25 December 2016 07:53, by Fair Man

    You are wrong. During the war, the Jienge areas were under control by Government of Sudan. Kapoata, Torit, Nimule, Newsite (Home of Garang), Ikotos, Hiyala, Yei, etc are never Dinka lands. These are the areas, where SPLM/A gained support. We fed you and supported you. Equatoria stands the best fighter. Tell me which other Jienge towns are like the above I alluded? Shame on you!!!!!!!

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  • 25 December 2016 07:59, by Fair Man

    Most of the Dinka fighters remained as home guards. The Dinka Bor were businessmen in Lobone, Mugali, etc, trading in arms. Bahr el Ghazal were on and offs due to defection. We know Nubians, Blue Nile and Greater Equatoria that never switched sides.Up to now, some of you can not stay safely in you areas because your very people will kill you. You behalf like animals.

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  • 25 December 2016 19:34, by Mading IronKing

    Didn’t realize the matter was more of a personal issue to Samantha Power and Obama administration than it should be to South Sudanese,well thanks to south Sudan friends who left Obama administration licking their wounds..Rebels should be warned.

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