- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs is urging the U.N. Security Council to levy sanctions against both sides of the conflict in South Sudan, where eight months of fighting have killed 100,000 people and displaced more than 1.1 million others.

In a letter late Monday to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Power, Rep. Ed Royce said the United Nations must quickly sanction the South Sudanese government and opposition forces “to send a clear message that the international community will not tolerate violations of the cessation of hostilities and the derailing of the May 9th Agreement.”

The agreement, signed in Ethiopia this year, commits both sides to seeking a political solution, establishing a transitional unity government and supporting humanitarian aid programs. The pact was signed by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, leader of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition.

“A U.N. sanction regime would complement the Administration’s effort and place additional pressure on both sides of the conflict to change course. Sudanese leaders must know they will be held accountable for gross human rights violations,” Mr. Royce said in his letter.

“Additionally, the Security Council should impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. Weapons that enter the country only increase the likelihood of atrocities against civilians. Each day that passes without strong actions from the international community is another day innocent southern Sudanese are at greater risk of a cruel death and possible starvation,” the California Republican wrote.

The world’s youngest nation, oil-rich South Sudan has been mired in conflict since gaining its independence from Sudan in 2011.

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