U.S. proposes U.N. sanctions against six senior South Sudan officials Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 27, 2021


The United States has asked the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions against six senior South Sudanese officials for obstructing peace efforts and blocking humanitarian assistance to civilians.

It is the second time since 2015 that the United States would propose sanctions against officials in South Sudan, as things continue to worsen in the once promising African country.

A draft resolution seen by Reuters showed that 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.

South Sudan’s Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk talks to cabinet members after a cabinet meeting in Juba January 17, 2014. Photo: Reuters Andreea Campeanu

The security council would meet for negotiations on the text on Tuesday and a vote is scheduled for Thursday, Reuters said.

At least nine votes are needed for the resolution to pass without a veto by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States.

But Russia had argued that further sanctions after several senior South Sudanese officials on both sides of the conflict were sanctioned in 2015, were not necessary.

A U.S. bid to impose an arms embargo in December 2016 failed.

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