U.S. proposes U.N. sanctions against six senior S.Sudan officials
The United States has
proposed the U.N. Security Council impose sanctions against
several South Sudanese ministers and officials, accusing them of
obstructing peace efforts and blocking humanitarian assistance
to civilians, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on
Security Council diplomats are due to meet for negotiations
on the text on Tuesday and a vote is scheduled for Thursday. A
resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia,
China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.
The council sanctioned several senior South Sudanese
officials on both sides of the conflict in 2015, but a U.S. bid
to impose an arms embargo in December 2016 failed.
In November, Russia said it would be counterproductive to
impose further targeted sanctions or an arms embargo on South
The proposed measures would freeze the assets and ban travel
for the six officials, including Defense Minister Kuol Manyang
Juuk, former army chief Paul Malong, Minister of Information
Michael Lueth, and deputy chief of defense for logistics in the
South Sudan Army Malek Reuben Riak Rengu.
It also targets Koang Rambang, governor of Bieh State, who
the United States accused of leading military attacks and
obstructing aid to civilians; and cabinet affairs minister
Martin Elia Lomuro.
South Sudan, which split off from its northern neighbor
Sudan in 2011, has been gripped by a civil war sparked by
political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former
deputy Riek Machar.
Mawien Makol, South Sudan's foreign affairs spokesman, told
Reuters the government was aware of the new sanctions proposal
"We are still saying that sanctions is not the
solution...and also imposing sanctions on individuals is not the
solution. The solution is to encourage the parties to bring
peace in the country," Makol said.
Talks in Ethiopia to revive South Sudan's failed 2015 peace
pact and end the civil war broke up last week without a deal.