South Sudan

EU Slaps Sanctions on SPLA, Rebel Commanders


help visit geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The statement issued by the EU Council on Thursday and seen by stomach geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Chimpreports, says the travel ban on the two commanders as well freezing of their assets within the European Union have already been implemented.

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“Two persons responsible for violating the ceasefire agreement will be targeted with a travel ban and a freeze of their assets in the European Union. At the same time, an existing arms embargo against South Sudan will remain in place,” reads part of EU statement.

The European Union Council sanctions came at the time when regional leaders are struggling to reboot peace talks being mediated by the regional body IGAD.

The negotiations crumbled in June with rebels challenging the criteria used to select stakeholders to the conference in the neighbouring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

On May 6, United States through Treasury Department also slapped sanctions on two commanders from the antagonistic camps.

The elite presidential Tiger Brigade commander Gen. Marial Chanuong and rebel commander Gen. Peter Gatdet were banned from travelling to US and her allies and their assets frozen too.

President Salva Kiir accuses former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar of attempting to overthrow his government in a coup.

The crushing of the coup would later plunge the nation into turmoil.

Machar denies the charge, saying Kiir intended to crush ‘reformist’ ideas in the ruling party ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.


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