South Sudan

Protests in S.Sudan as Russia rejects sanctions


Christian elder kneeling in humility at peace protest in Juba

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Juba on Friday against some provisions of the proposed peace agreement.

The rally was organized by the ruling party, SPLM, sweeping through Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes, Warrap, North and Western Bahr el Ghazal states.

In some state and counties in Bahr el Ghazal region, demonstrations were organized by the state and local administrations.

The committee that organized the protests says members include teachers, lawyers, farmers, women and students.

The rally was addressed by senior SPLM party officials, including secretary for political affairs, Antipas Nyok, deputy foreign affairs minister, Peter Bashir Gbandi, former deputy minister of interior, General Salva Mathok Gengdit and many other leading officials, all of whom supported the decision of the president to not sign the agreement, claiming it undermines national sovereignty.

Some of the provisions they have rejected include power sharing, demilitarization of Juba and consultations at the presidency.

The government declined to sign the agreement on Monday, saying it needed 15 more days to consult with the people of South Sudan.

The opposition People’s Liberal Party says the country may not move forward if the peace agreement is not signed.

Russia rejects South Sudan sanctions

Russia says it has reservations on a draft document circulated by the US at the United Nations, seeking sanctions on South Sudan if the government fails to sign a peace deal within two weeks.

US officials say they gave the document to members of the Security Council on Wednesday evening.

Russian diplomats say the draft implies that sanctions, including an arms embargo, will become effective as of the 1st of September, against both the government and the SPLA in Opposition.

They say the sanctions will be cancelled if President Kiir signs a peace agreement before September.

However, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Pyotr Ilyichev said his country needed more time to study the document.

“The Americans want to do that tomorrow. But we do not understand how they can finalize such a complicated resolution in such a short period of time,” Mr Ilyichev said.

He said the resolution does not mention names of people who will face sanctions.

A concrete date when the draft could be put to vote has not also been mentioned.

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