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US warns South Sudan may face sanctions over unity government


October 10, 2019 (WASHINGTON) - The United States may consider imposing sanctions on South Sudan if the country’s rival leaders fail to form national unity government, a senior official warned Thursday.

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar (L) speaks to reporters after meeting President Salva Kiir in Juba, September 11, 2019 (JUBA)

“We’re not prepared to continue to see delays, we’re not prepared to continue to hear arguments for why more time must be given,” Bryan Hunt, Sudan and South Sudan office director at the State Department reportedly told reporters at the US Institute of Peace.

"Our view is that if the government is not formed by November 12, we’re going to need to re-evaluate the relationship between the United States and South Sudan,” he added.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup, allegations the latter dismissed.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

The rival parties, in May, agreed to form a power-sharing unity government as part of a deal to end the war by November 12.

Hunt, however, said Washington is not considering broader sanctions targeting South Sudan’s economy, like its oil, because they would risk worsening the plight of people who live in a country that partly depends on foreign aid for survival.

He said the international community should act to end violence in South Sudan.

“We believe that international sanctions are the strongest message to send to South Sudan,” said Hunt, citing UN sanctions as an option.

Meanwhile, experts have warned that exerting pressure on the leadership in Juba may lead to an internal standoff among senior political and military figures, citing what occurred in July 2016.

The experts, in a paper published on the US Institute for Peace (USIP) website, argued that the armed opposition, some of which refused to sign the 2018 agreement, may seize an opportunity and step up attacks on government positions throughout the country.

“Major violence erupts again in Juba and elsewhere, people once again flee settled areas, whether to the bush, U.N.-administered protection of civilian sites, or to neighboring countries, only adding to the population of nearly four million displaced persons in South Sudan,” partly reads the paper authored by David Deng and Aly Verjee.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council urged parties to the revitalized peace agreement in South Sudan to resolve outstanding substantive issues needed for formation of a transitional national unity government.


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  • 11 October 2019 07:54, by Eastern

    The buck stops with Kiir - he should reign in his ’ministers’ with loose tongues like Makuei and Elia Lumoro. Machar is a prisoner...

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    • 11 October 2019 09:20, by Pakuai

      The government has been insisting about the formation of the so-called ’transitional national government’ on the 12/11/2019 all along. And here ’you and US masters’ are accusing others about not trying to implement peace. Was it not your ’Riek Machar and your Sudan Tribune’ who shifted the ’goal post’ two days ago they are not ready for the formation of ’transitional unity government’>>>>

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      • 11 October 2019 09:31, by Pakuai

        on the 12/11/2019? Mr. Eastern, who is detaining Mr. Riek Machar? If at there are some people detaining Mr. Riek Machar as you claim, then those people may know that Mr. Riek Machar is up to no good or a trouble maker. Which of course is obviously very true.

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    • 11 October 2019 10:56, by deng

      Not Kiir alone is buck stop here but those politicians who rebel because they were removed from their position like Dr. Riek , Paul Malong, Thomas Cirilo , Pagan Amum and others they have no root cause of S. Sudan of wars only their root causes are positions not number of states or federal system

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      • 11 October 2019 12:08, by Malakal county Simon

        These empty threats of words by American and its allied, are becoming jokes, tactics and to avoid their double face stands towards South Sudan senseless war.... How many times did United States government issued a warning to Savla Kiir government?? Numerous times and nothing come to light.. So treat this statement of threat, as empty threat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • 11 October 2019 18:05, by Eastern

          Malakal county Simon,

          YOU will suffer the way KUR AJING ATER is going to SUFFER.....I told you folks, YOU will SUFFER more than the Eqautorians ARE suffering in refugee camps in the neigbouring countries. The monkeys are crying...!

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        • 11 October 2019 20:33, by Pakuai

          Malakal country Simon,
          "These empty threats of words by American and its allied, are becoming jokes, tactics and to avoid their double face stands towards South Sudan senseless war..."
          That is what we have been telling you fellows all along, your ’US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israelis) and some of their creeps in between here in IGAD countries & their AU>>>>

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          • 11 October 2019 20:40, by Pakuai

            lackeys’. Your Riek Machar jesh mabior (so-called white army) were used to over ’South Sudan and the South Sudanese people’ to drive home, their usual regime change of other countries leaders and replace them with puppets/stooges, thieves or traitors that they would then ’go and micro-manage’ in ’Washington, Wall streets, London, Brussels, Nairobi, Johannesburg>>>>

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            • 11 October 2019 20:49, by Pakuai

              Adis Ababa, Bahamas, British virgin islands, Panama, Cayman islands, Switzerland (Bank of international settlements, BIS) and other shady countries the evils go and hide their loots in chap. Chap, your US and their allies love our country and our people to death. You have seen their ’cheaps and dirty intrigues’ They have given their *Abiye Ahmed* their so-called ’peace prize’, good luck>>>

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              • 11 October 2019 20:55, by Pakuai

                good luck to the evils. They did that dirty cheap game when Mr. Barack Hussein Obama was elected in 2008. And that was to purposely intrigues the lowly informed ’African-Americans or Africans’ that one of their own was eventually in the ’so-called white house’. Mr. Barack Hussein Obama was a ’fraud chap’. He was just a lowly ’educated charlatan’ who let himself be used by the evils>>>

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                • 11 October 2019 20:59, by Pakuai

                  Mr. Barack Hussein Obama was a member of ’secret societies’ just like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Abiye Ahmed, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Paul Kagame, Thabo Mbeki and other bunch of lowly lives who have sold themselves and their souls to these evil ’secret societies’ chap.>>>>

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                  • 11 October 2019 21:04, by Pakuai

                    Nobel peace prize is a joke. The dirty game behind this cheap and dirty intrigues was simply to fool our lowly informed South Sudanese fools that ’Eritrea and Abesh (so-called ethiopia)’ are ’reuniting’ and thus ’South Sudan and North Sudan’ can do the same?!!, My arse, that is not going to happen even in million years, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM chap>>>

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                    • 11 October 2019 21:31, by Pakuai

                      In fact, the opposite will be true. Mr. Malakal county Simon, when we tell you that you Nuers, Shilluks (chollos) and some bunch of other losers in Equatoria are our snag to progress. Have you now seen that other countries always want to use our country and our people as their geopolitical chess games or football at their every geopolitical cycle?>>>>

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                      • 11 October 2019 21:38, by Pakuai

                        South Sudan is "projected to be the most vulnerable country on earth because of climate change" What about your Abeshas (so-called ethiopians) who breed like pigs or rabbits with no resources to support their foolish ’prostitutes’?. Let Mr. Abiye Ahmed 1 million dollars help the prostitutes. But they are not welcome into South Sudan with their so-called ’UN NEW WORLD ORDER GOVERNMENT,>>>

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                        • 11 October 2019 21:45, by Pakuai

                          GOVERNMENT WITHOUT BORDERS OR AFRICA UNITY or REGIONAL INTEGRATION PEACE OF TRASH. Mr. Malakal country Simon, believing in Ngundeng Buong ’magic and fantasies’ had been ’hijacked’ by your ’evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their lackeys here in our own region of IGAD and the AU, evils you low lives often called uncles or allies>>>

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                          • 11 October 2019 22:34, by Pakuai

                            you foolish PhD doctors would without shame as usual not at look at themselves in the mirror, would blame their Dinkas/muonyjiengs as always. Fellows, we have taken back our country. Any evil who would try to bring the vermin from Abesh (so-called ethiopia), our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis),>>>>

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                            • 11 October 2019 22:44, by Pakuai

                              Bantuses into our country and over our people again would be as good as dead fellows, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. We have been telling our lowly informed fools that there are some evils who just like to attach themselves like leeches and use them as their tools to achieve their own selfish interests. They like to set other people up against themselves and then>>>>

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