US sets conditions for lifting sanctions on South Sudan

President Salva Kiir Mayardit (Photo/File)

July 18, 2020 (Thessherald)–The South Sudanese government must implement the current peace agreement before the United States lifts its arms embargo and targeted sanctions imposed on senior officials, said outgoing Ambassador Thomas Hushek.

“This year when we adopted a resolution at the UN Security Council, we put new language in the resolution that talks about establishing benchmarks, establishing peace-building that will eventually lead to the lifting of arms embargo,” BBC quotes Ambassador Hushek as saying.

Hushek reveals that plans are underway to ease the sanctions imposed, if the country makes significant progress in implementing the peace accord.

“So there is a plan that will be developed about how to remove that particular state of sanctions. “We offered a plan to remove those sanctions, this involved [the government] taking steps on financial transparency reforms and we will discuss that plan with government officials here.”

On January 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned South Sudanese officials including First Vice President Taban Deng Gai who was the latest top official to be penalized for his complicity in gross human rights abuses in the country.

“We urge the Government of South Sudan and opposition leaders to act now to distance themselves from peace process spoilers and to prioritize the will of the South Sudanese people for Peace,” said the United States in a statement.

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