Updated: March 2, 2021
The United States Department of State said on Thursday it will impose visa ban on South Sudanese leaders impeding peace process.
“As the United States re-evaluates its bilateral relationship with the Government of South Sudan, the Department of State will implement visa restrictions under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212(a)(3)(C) against those who undermine or impede the peace process in South Sudan,” the U.S. Department of State said.
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“Individuals who have directly or indirectly impeded peace including: violating a ceasefire or cessation of hostilities agreement; violating the UN arms embargo; engaging in corruption that fuels the conflict; suppressing freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, or other abuses or violations; or by failing to abide by signed peace agreements may be subject to visa restrictions. Such visa restrictions could include immediate family members of these individuals,” the statement added.
The Trump administration said the people of South Sudan have suffered enough while their leaders delay the implementation of a sustainable peace.
“The South Sudanese deserve leaders who are committed to building consensus and willing to compromise for the greater good”.
Peace in South Sudan has been repeatedly delayed as leaders fail to keep their words.