The American President, Barack Obama, has says the situation in and in relation to South Sudan is now a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.
The statement released by the White House yesterday formed the basis of President Obama’s justification for extending Executive Order 13664 for one year.
Executive Order 13664 was a Presidential Decree signed by Obama on April 3rd, 2014 enabling imposition of targeted sanctions on certain people in South Sudan.
Here is the document:
Letter — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.
In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 of April 3, 2014, with respect to South Sudan is to continue in effect beyond April 3, 2015.
The situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.
For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 with respect to South Sudan.
Sincerely, BARACK OBAMA
Obama imitating G.W Bush?
Analysts say the language used by Obama in this case mirrors the same language former President, G.W Bush, used before invading and destroying Iraq.
In the 2003 invasion, US military captured and later hanged the Iraq leader, Sadam Hussein.
According to U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the coalition mission was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.”
About 1,000 people died on the battle lines alone.
Obama’s reference to South Sudan as a security threat comes at the same time Juba rejected the participation in the Troika group of countries and the UN Security Council in peace negotiations.
The Minister of Information, Micheal Makuei, outlined government’s position on Tuesday saying that so-called Troika and UNSC are welcomed to observe but should not directly participate.
“The government rejects their participation on the ground that the parties are hostile to the government,” Makuei is quoted as saying.
Talks are expected to resume later this month.
The US has already placed sanctions on South Sudan which were confirmed by the UN Security Council.
It is said America’s hostility has something to do with South Sudan ties with the competing super power, China.