UN Imposes First Sanctions on South Sudan Commanders
The six generals – three from the government forces and three from the rebels – were punished with a global travel ban and an assets freeze for their role in the worsening conflict.
Britain, France and the United States had put forward the six names to a newly formed sanctions committee that was set up in March by the Security Council after a string of failed successive ceasefires, AFP reported.
From the government side, the three are: Major General Marial Chanuong Yol Mangok, commander of President Salva Kiir’s presidential guard; Lieutenant General Gabriel Jok Riak, whose forces are fighting in Unity State; and Major General Santino Deng Wol, who led an offensive through Unity State in May in which children, women and old men were killed.
From the rebels, the sanctions target Major General Simon Gatwech Dual, chief of the general staff, Major General James Koang Chuol, who led attacks in Upper Nile State, and General Peter Gadet, the rebels’ deputy chief of staff for operations.
“As the members of the Security Council demonstrated today, those who commit atrocities and undermine peace will face consequences,” US Ambassador Samantha Power said in a statement.
Power called on both sides to “put aside their self-serving ambitions, end the fighting, and engage in negotiations to establish a transitional government.”
She warned that additional sanctions could be imposed.
South Sudan has been torn by fighting since December 2013 between forces loyal to Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy, Riek Machar, and the violence has imploded along ethnic lines.