J1: TGONU responds to US Threat of Sanctions and Arms Embargo #SouthSudan #SSudan
TGONU has expressed its disappointment to the threat of sanctions and arms embargo proposed by America. In the letter, the government states that the proposals seriously undermine the sovereignty and internal processes to consolidate peace in South Sudan. The government of South Sudan holds the view that the threat of sanctions against government officials are aimed at derailing the entire peace process, perpetuating a state of crisis in South Sudan and to justify International action in the country, so the government rejects the US proposal entirely.
In the letter dated 6Th December the Minister in the office of the President, Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng, highlights the advances made in the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August 2015. It also states measures being undertaken by the government in order to reconstitute the consensus to the peace agreement through national dialogue.
The threat of sanctions against prominent government officials has been seen as an act of bad faith intended to weaken the government by creating divisions and raises the suspicion for a regime change agenda. The letter highlights the failed coup by Dr. Riek Machar and the subsequent declaration of war to overthrow the government the government brought about by the Peace Agreement.
In response to the threat of an arms embargo, the government argues that taking away the coercive power of the state weakens it from being able to maintain law and order and exacerbates uncontrollable anarchy in the country. The government argues that the claim that South Sudan is on the verge of Genocide is a tool of objective propaganda for those who want to take over South Sudan as a colony. Citing the example set in Rwanda, the government argues that what matters in the commission of genocide is not the tools for its preparation but rather the intent to commit it. Reiterating its objection to the arms embargo, the government says that denying the government access to weapons that could presumably be used to carry out genocide is an argument that is devoid of merit, genocide could be conducted with crude inexpensive weapons.
The letter highlights the improved foreign relations between South Sudan and its neighbors in the interest of peace internally and across the region. The government of South Sudan implores the members of the Security Council to reject any such proposals, stating that what South Sudan needs now is Political, Financial and Moral support to consolidate peace, promote reconciliation and to end violence in the country.
“The Government of the Republic of South Sudan needs the Security Council as a partner for peace, not as a party to the conflict and such proposals that punish peacemakers go contrary to the partnership and controvert efforts to ensure international peace,” reads an excerpt from the letter.
Read the full text of the letter : https://d2jhuj1whasmze.cloudfront.net/docs/TGoNU%20Response%20to%20Zero%20Draft%20(New%20York)_5EIx.pdf