24 Feb 2018

 

What Others Say About S. Sudan, Circulated by Africa Centre For Strategic Studies

"Kenyan and Ugandan banks are heading for major international scrutiny as promoters of the South Sudan peace process prepare to impose sanctions against people thought to be stumbling blocks".

 

 
South Sudan Recalls Envoy from US 
South Sudan has recalled its ambassador to US as the dispute between Juba and Washington escalates over an arms embargo. President Salva Kiir's Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny told the Africareview on phone that Juba had recalled Mr Garang Diing Akuong for consultations, especially in response to Washington's arms restrictions to South Sudan. The South Sudan Foreign Affairs ministry also confirmed the matter, saying the nation was looking for ways to address the situation without hurting Washington-Juba relations. South Sudan and the US have been embroiled in a diplomatic row this year after Washington pressured the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Juba over its failure to end the war. Daily Nation
US to Impose Arms Embargo on South Sudan to End Conflict 
The United States is set to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan on Friday, three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir to end the country's civil war and humanitarian crisis. The State Department is set to make the announcement later on Friday morning, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The unilateral move would signal that the Trump administration has lost patience with South Sudan's warring sides after ceasefires have been repeatedly violated. In December 2016, the Obama administration had attempted to convince the United Nations to back an arms embargo against South Sudan. Reuters
EU Sanctions 2 Current, 1 Former South Sudan Officials 
The European Union imposed sanctions Friday on three current and former South Sudanese officials implicated in human rights violations and obstructions of their country's peace process. Former army Chief of Staff General Paul Malong, Deputy Chief of Defense and Inspector General Malek Reuben Riak and Information Minister Michael Makuei Leuth will now be subject to sanctions by all EU member states, effective immediately. The sanctions include assets freezes and a ban on travel to EU countries. Britain's minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, welcomed the sanctions and pledged her country's support to ending violence in South Sudan. VOA
Kenyan, Ugandan Banks Targeted in Fresh Sanctions on Juba Warlords 
Kenyan and Ugandan banks are heading for major international scrutiny as promoters of the South Sudan peace process prepare to impose sanctions against people thought to be stumbling blocks. The sanctions against the spoilers could come as early as this week, when a review of progress in the revitalisation of the 2015 South Sudan peace process starts in Addis Ababa. The sanctions, sources said, would target the country's top leadership, including the opposition, and would include asset freezes. The leaders are accused of money laundering and international banks will be required to enforce stricter due diligence on financial transactions involving the individuals under restraint. The East African
New Peace Talks Begin on South Sudan's War as Pressure Grows 
A new round of peace talks on South Sudan's civil war has begun as regional powers seek a solution to a five-year conflict that has caused Africa's largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Monday's talks in Ethiopia come days after the United States announced an arms embargo on South Sudan and urged further punitive measures. The U.S. special adviser on South Sudan, Paul Sutphin, says the arms embargo "makes clear our intents and we also hope will inspire others to take similar steps." Impatience is growing with South Sudan's government and rebels, who have blamed each other for violating a Dec. 24 cease-fire within hours. AP
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