News / Africa

Kerry: US 'Closely' Examining South Sudan Sanctions

Full Interview with John Kerry on South Sudan Sanctionsi
X
VOA News
April 28, 2014 9:48 PM
In an interview with VOA at the State Department Monday, Kerry said the Obama administration is "very, very closely" looking at possible sanctions
Full video interview with John Kerry
VOA News
Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is considering sanctions on people encouraging unrest in South Sudan, where political and sectarian violence has displaced more than 1 million people.

In an interview with VOA at the State Department Monday, Kerry said the Obama administration is "very, very closely" looking at possible sanctions, although he declined to specify whom the U.S. might target.

He said he believes the fighting in South Sudan, which began as a dispute over oil, power and ethnic rivalries, has now become personal.  Fighting broke out in mid-December when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup.

Kerry told VOA the crisis in South Sudan is a tragedy, especially given how long South Sudan struggled to become an independent nation.

"This was a moment of great hope, and to see it tugged downwards by personal ambitions and personal animosities is really in many ways a betrayal of the trust of the people in their leaders," said Kerry.

The secretary said the U.S. is still hoping to end the ongoing clash between government and rebel forces through diplomacy.  

Related video report by Scott Stearns:
 
Kerry: US 'Closely' Examining South Sudan Sanctionsi
X
April 29, 2014 1:31 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is considering sanctions against people encouraging unrest in South Sudan, where political and sectarian violence has displaced more than 1 million people. Kerry commented on South Sudan in a VOA interview Monday, as VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports.

On Wednesday, Kerry begins a trip to East Africa that will take him to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, where peace talks between South Sudan's government and rebel representatives have failed to make progress.

He also is scheduled to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola during the seven-day trip.

Kerry said the challenges of governance throughout the region are probably as significant today as they have been in a long time.

He said the Untied States is providing direct support to Nigeria's government, which is battling an Islamic insurgency in the country's north.

"It's very, very complicated, there's been violence and the government needs to be stronger and we're working to help strengthen it," said Kerry.

He said the fight against Islamic militants is an issue facing many countries in the region.

"It’s not just in Nigeria, it’s in Mali, it’s in Tunisia, it’s in Libya still.  You’re seeing these tensions spread throughout the Magreb and the Sahel. And we are doing everything possible.  We’ve augmented our presence, we’ve increased our assistance and we will continue to do so and to work with our friends, the French and others, in an effort to try to make a difference," he said.

On the topic of the Central Africa Republic, Kerry said it is regrettable that China and Russia did not support U.N. sanctions. He said Russia "has been objecting to almost every effort at the United Nations" and he said "without U.N. sanctions it is much more difficult to be able to take the steps we believe are necessary.”

The Central African Republic has been plagued by sectarian fighting that erupted in December, with mainly Christian militias clashing with Muslim rebels.

Kerry also spoke about the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he said the key to promoting stability is to ensure that rebels from the group M23 are disarmed. He said it is “very, very important that the people there have a sense that the international force is doing what it needs to do to disarm, to enforce the agreements.”

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More