US seeks to blacklist Machar, Malong, and Lueth

US President Barack Obama. Photo: Alex Wong/AP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama. Photo: Alex Wong/AP/Getty Images

New York/Juba, November 18, 2016 (SSNA) — The United States proposed an arms embargo and targeted sanctions proposal seek to blacklist South Sudanese rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar, SPLA army Chief Paul Malong Awan, and information minister Michael Makuey Lueth, the South Sudan News Agency has learned.

The proposal, circulated to the Security Council Friday, is designed to slap travel ban on the three men and freeze their assets.

The US accused Awan of orchestrating a plan to kill the armed opposition leader. The proposal also says Information minister Lueth planned and coordinated an April 17, 2014 attack on a UN site in Bor which resulted in killing of three UN guards and at least 140 civilians.

The measure says rebel leader Machar should be blacklisted because he associated himself with Equatorian rebel factions with intent to overthrow Salva kiir’s government, adding that rebel groups allied to the SPLM/A-IO have committed crimes by raiding villages and abducting humanitarian personnel and civilians.

Meanwhile, two veto-wielding powers, Russia and China threatened to veto the proposed measure, saying the move could further destabilize the war-ravaged young nation.

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