March 5, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition], under the leadership of former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, welcomes the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2206(2015) to impose sanctions on individuals, who impede peaceful resolutions to end the conflict in the world’s newest state.
The resolution, which was passed this morning by the former South Sudan ambassador to Washington, Amb. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the current deputy chairperson for External Relations Committee, gives the UN Security Council a green light to impose sanctions and armed embargo to end the conflict and restore stability in South Sudan.
“The SPLM/SPLA Leadership formally welcomes the UN Security Council Resolution 2206(2015) on South Sudan; which lays groundwork for Targetted Sanctions in South Sudan because it is geared towards ending the war and restoring stability to South Sudan and the region”. Amb. Lol Gatkuoth said.
Although the South Sudan ambassador to the United Nations, Amb. Francis Deng believes that sanctions are counterproductive as shown by the government’s delegation in the today’s talks, the opposition believes that the UNSC has acted right at the right time.
“The resolution came at a time when the people of South Sudan are yearning for genuine, comprehensive and sustainable peace with justice and accountability.” Amb. Lol reiterates.
“The resolution sends a clear message to all the stakeholders involved in the IGAD mediated peace process, to discharge their duties and own up to their comprehensive national obligations” Amb. Lol remarks.
The SPLM/SPLA in rebellion calls on the region, under the auspices of IGAD, and the African Union to frame their sanctions, armed embargo and too release the AU commission of inquiry report on South Sudan in order to expedite the peace process.
“We further urge the UN Security Council to discharge their duty of care, in upholding World Peace and Security by compelling the AU to make public their report on atrocities and crimes against humanity, committed in Juba, and other towns from December 2013 and beyond” Amb. Lol emphasizes.
The armed Opposition reiterates their commitment to cooperate with the UNSC resolution to achieve all the issues raised by resolution 2206(2015) for the benefit of South Sudanese people.
“The SPLM/SPLA leadership and with the support of the people of South Sudan is selflessly working to achieve all the issues raised by resolution 2206(2015), which maximize the positive welfare of our people” Read the SPLM/SPLA Press Briefing.
“The SPLM/SPLA is seriously engaged in the peace negotiation with the government of South Sudan, with full commitment, aimed at addressing the root causes of the conflict; and affirms the right of the people of South Sudan to federal system of governance, imbued in positive constitutionalism, rule of law, justice and accountability, transparency and the upholding of fundamental human rights of all our people”. The Press Statement continued.
In other reports, the final peace talks between the warring principals have failed to achieve peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, the SPLM-IO lead negotiator, President Salva Kiir who was accompanied by his chief negotiator Nhial Deng Nhial and Michael Makuei Lueth has objected all the proposals of SPLM/SPLA without justifications.
“Government officials are not getting us or they might have understood our position but ignored it. We have no agreement almost on all topics from Status of Forces, Federalism, Transitional Security, Wealth Sharing, Debts, Permanent Constitution, National Assembly and Council of States and Justice for the war’s victims.” Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol told SBS radio.