Missed Peace Deadline Must be Met with Arms Embargo and Targeted Sanctions
Washington – United to End Genocide, a U.S. based human rights advocacy group, expressed deep disappointment that the deadline set by the United States and global partners for a peace agreement in South Sudan was not met. The group dismissed a 15 day extension and called upon President Obama and global and regional partners to follow through on a Plan B that includes targeted sanctions and an arms embargo.
Former U.S. Congressman Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide, stated:
“It is time for “Plan B” in South Sudan. South Sudan’s leaders, in particular South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir have dismissed the world’s cries and chosen self-interest over peace.
In his recent historical trip to Africa, President Obama listened to the calls from U.S. activists to prioritize peace in South Sudan. He gathered regional leaders and warned that if an agreement wasn't reached, it would be time for a “Plan B” aimed at punishing those standing in the way of peace, including sanctions and an arms embargo. It is now time to fulfill that warning.
If President Obama and his allies in these efforts do not follow through with promised measures, the only consequences will be those affecting the already long-suffering people of South Sudan.
After seven broken agreements, no delay should be accepted. Fifteen days of further deliberation is fifteen days of continued suffering for the people of South Sudan. It is past time for South Sudan’s leaders to be held accountable for the immense suffering their actions have caused for millions of people in their country.”
Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over 2 million displaced since violence broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. The IGAD plus group of mediators, made up of a regional group of South Sudan’s neighbors and global powers including the United States and China, set a deadline for a peace agreement in South Sudan by August 17th. An agreement was signed by opposition leader Riek Machar, but only initialed by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir who was granted a 15 day extension.