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Russia, Angola block UN sanctions against South Sudan

New York, September 15, 2015 (SSNA) -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) latest attempt to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s rival military Generals was on Tuesday blocked by Russia and Angola. Russia claims that the punitive measures could further worsens the situation, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned.

A source at the UN also said Venezuela opposes the proposed sanctions.

On Monday, US-backed proposal was tabled for UNSC vote, allowing each nation of the 15-member Council to either accept or reject the proposal by 3:00PM, Eastern Time (US).

The bid is intended to target South Sudan’s army Chief Paul Malong Awan and rebel General Johnson Olony.

Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin appears not happy with US’s wilingness to impose sanctions on the violence-ravaged nation, adding that Russian Federation recently signed a joint communique with South Sudan and Sudan and that the deal included opposition to sanctions.

"We think we need to take that into account. The United States, very often they just say 'sanctions, sanctions, sanctions' and in some cases it severely aggravates the situation,” Churkin told reporters.

In recent weeks, reports suggest that South Sudan’s government has been lobbying Russia to block any UN move that could result in sanctions against the young nation.

Fighting broke out in December of 2013 between different units of presidential guards after months of political turmoil among senior leaders of the SPLM. South Sudanese President says his main-rival, Dr. Riek Machar, planned a coup. Machar denies the allegation saying Kiir premeditated the coup in an attempt to try to get rid of his political rivals.

UN to decide whether to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s rival generals

New York, September 14, 2015 (SSNA) -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will on Tuesday decide whether to impose new sanctions on two South Sudanese military Generals who the UNSC believes fuel the war.

Diplomats at the UN revealed that Generals Malong Awan and Johnson Olony are the targets of the looming sanctions, adding that the names of the two Generals may not be added to the sanctions list tomorrow if an objection is raised against the proposal.

However, if an objection is not raised then the UN committee managing South Sudan sanctions will enter the names of Malong and Olony into the sanctions list.

Paul Malong is the SPLA Chief of General Staff; and Olony is the commanding General of the SPLA-IO's Special Division one.

It is not clear which countries among the 15-member council will object to the US-backed draft.

The UNSC, which has already sanctioned six senior Generals, three from each side threatens to impose punitive measures against South Sudan if the peace deal is not implemented.

Government Troops Renew Attacks on Rebel Positions in Unity and Central Equatoria States

Addis Ababa/Pagak, September 14, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese government forces have attacked rebel outposts in Unity and Central Equatoria States, rebel Spokesman and military officials of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

Rebel forces allied to Former South Sudanese Vice President Dr. Riek Machar said government’s soldiers have attacked their bases in Katigiri in Wonduruba Payam of Central Equatoria and Guit County of the oil-rich Unity State.

“Forces of Salva Kiir have attacked our bases at Katigiri in Wonduruba payam in Central Equatoria state on Saturday and fighting is still going on. Forces of the regime in Juba have also come out from Bentiu, Unity state’s capital, and attacked our bases in Guit County,” rebel Spokesperson James Gatdet Dak said in a statement.

Gatdet accuses government troops of violating the recently signed power-sharing peace deal.

“[These] unprovoked attacks by government forces on positions of SPLM/SPLA are a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement,” he added.

Rebels said their forces in Unity State have repulsed government’s soldiers, adding that the fighting still raging.

The rebels call on the international community “to exert pressure on the regime to respect the terms of the Peace Agreement.”

The armed opposition says Juba is not serious about the peace agreement and questions government’s commitment to implementation of the pact. The rebel official also asserts that some elements within Kiir’s government may be sabotaging the implementation of the IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement.

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