UN to sanction South Sudan by 30th June if no peace - Whisper Eye

UN to sanction South Sudan by 30th June if no peace

The United Nations Security Council voted on Thursday in favor of sanctioning South Sudan but decided to delay the execution until June 30th 2018, a ultimatum the world body given South Sudan to either end the war and sign peace with dozens of armed opposition groups in the country or face sanctions.

The UN Council voted 9-0 in favor of the sanctions with the rest of the six council members abstained from the vote including Ethiopia, which has helped lead South Sudan’s peace process since 2014, China and Russia as well as other countries.

The resolution said absent a cessation of hostilities by June 30th, the council would consider freezing the assets and banning travel for six officials who includes Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, SPLA Deputy Chief of Defense forces for Logistics, former SPLA Chief of Staff Paul Malong Awan and SPLM-IO governor of Bieh State Koang Rambang Chuol.

The SPLM-IO governor welcomed the sanctions saying they were crucial for achieving peace in the young African country but denied any wrong doing saying he was acting in self defense as the world body knows areas under his control since the latest government offensive against SPLA-IO since August 2017.

In the meantime, SPLA Fifth Infantry Division deputy commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Buay Rolnyang has been transferred to a Juba military prison where he is set to face charges of rebellion against the state and the army after he was captured by a militia allied to the South Sudan government on Thursday.

Buay was captured following a fierce fight in Mayom county of Unity State between him and Gen. Puljang, a militia commander allied to South Sudan’s government of Salva Kiir Mayardiit.

Sources from Juba told whisper eye media team  that the SPLA officer has been charged with rebellion and is due in South Sudan’s military court in the near future.

“Buay was rebelling and as such he is now charged with rebellion against the army and the state. Very soon, he will appear in court [military court] to answer why he was rebelling against the state,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.

However, another source denied any preparation for the a court case saying Buay would be keep in jail for six months without charges.