January 20, 2015

African Leaders To Impose Sanctions On South Sudan

African heads of state are slated to meet to consider possible sanctions on South Sudan following violations of the ceasefire agreements. 

Mr Kiir (R) is a member of the country's largest group, the Dinka, while Mr Machar (L) is from the second-biggest, the Nuer.
Mr Kiir (R) is a member of the country’s largest group, the Dinka, while Mr Machar (L) is from the second-biggest, the Nuer.

On 23rd January 2014, the South Sudan government and rebels led by Dr Riek Machar signed a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa under the watchful eye of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development.

The two parties agreed to cease hostilities and resolved to end their conflicts, which had displaced more than 100,000 people and claimed the lives of 1000 others.

However, the government forces accuse the rebels of attacking areas in Upper Nile state in breach of the ceasefire agreement.

As a result, African heads of state are scheduled to meet on January 23rd to consider possible sanctions against South Sudan. Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s foreign affairs minister is expect to table the resolution.

Oryem says they have scheduled talks on the sidelines of the summit for  the heads of state to discuss extensively about the peace process in South Sudan.

Responding to whether they will issue sanctions for the violations of a ceasefire agreement, Oryem said they have been reading the monitoring teams reports on the matter and are ready to have a discussion that may include sanctions.

Oryem also denied allegations that UPDF forces were engaged in fighting in the South Sudan capital of Juba. He said UPDF are only protecting key government installations and have not been involved in fighting.

He also said the UPDF is preparing to withdraw from South Sudan once the constituted force by IGAD is deployed.

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