U.S. threatens sanctions on those blocking peace deal in South Sudan

WASHINGTON Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:37pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sanctions on anyone impeding attempts to reach a peace agreement in South Sudan and, in particular, anyone committing human rights abuses, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Wednesday.

She was speaking a day after a delegation from the U.N. Security Council said there were reports that the warring factions were arming for another bout of fighting, one that could lead to a famine in the East African state. The delegation also threatened sanctions on both sides.

"We are considering sanctions options, as appropriate, to target those who are acting to impede the peaceful resolution of the conflict in South Sudan," Harf told a news briefing. This applied in particular to people responsible for human rights violations, she said.

At least 10,000 people have been killed since fighting erupted in December between President Salva Kiir's government forces and supporters of Riek Machar, his former deputy and longtime rival.

The two men signed a ceasefire on May 9 and agreed to form an interim government by Aug. 10, but they missed that deadline as peace talks in Addis Ababa stalled. Diplomats said both sides had violated the truce while negotiations continued.

(Reporting By David Storey; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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carlmartel wrote:
This lets the US impose more sanctions on itself and reduce its trade with Africa. These men have been fighting wars for thirty years, and they are unlikely to stop simply because the US says bad words, threatens actions that the US probably can’t enforce, and cuts US trade with South Sudan. People from other countries will buy their oil and sell arms to them.

Aug 13, 2014 5:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:
Dear Fellow Americans, let’s stop wasting our breath and time on South Sudan. They can solve their own problems. Next!

Aug 13, 2014 8:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:
carlMartel–You aren’t making much sense. It might be better if you re-wrote this when you’re not chemically impaired.

Aug 13, 2014 8:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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