News / Africa

    John Kerry: South Sudan 'Well Past Moment Where Enough is Enough'

    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.
    x
    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.
    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (R) listens as he greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the President's Office in Juba, South Sudan, May 2, 2014.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday slammed the warring sides in South Sudan for failing to take peace talks seriously and for missing the recent deadline to set up a transitional government.

    Kerry also condemned the recent killings of at least six humanitarian workers in Maban County, in Upper Nile state, and said he was concerned by reports of targeted ethnic killings in South Sudan.

    "Deadlines keep passing and innocent people keep dying. The log-rolling and delay has to end," Kerry said in a statement.

    Kerry noted that the government and the opposition led by Riek Machar failed to meet a deadline they agreed to on June 10, when they said they would take no more than 60 days to form a transitional government of national unity.

    "Regional leaders helped broker the agreement, but despite the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation team’s best efforts, neither party engaged in peace talks seriously," he said.

    "Along with my Troika colleagues from Norway and the United Kingdom, we condemn these failures," Kerry said, calling the lack of progress towards peace in South Sudan "an outrage and an insult to the people of South Sudan."

    More than 1.5 million people have been displaced by nearly eight months of fighting in South Sudan, and the country faces what Kerry called "the worst food security crisis in the world with a real risk of famine."

    The killings last week of six humanitarian workers in Upper Nile state "further undermine the enormous humanitarian response needed to support the 3.9 million South Sudanese who are in desperate need of life-saving food assistance and who continue to live in fear of violence," Kerry said.

    The U.S. Secretary of State called on IGAD and the African Union to take "appropriate action to bring peace to the people of South Sudan," saying that after eight months of conflict and nearly as many months of stumbling peace talks, "We’re well past the point where enough is enough."

     

    You May Like

    Beijing Warns Critics Over South China Sea Dispute

    Official warns critics that the more they challenge China's position regarding disputed territories in one of world’s busiest waterways, the more it will push back

    Will New Russian Force Be 'Putin’s Personal Army'?

    With broad powers to control riots, suppress dissent, National Guard may be aimed at sending a message to West as much as keeping peace at home

    Foreign Media in Pyongyang Barred From North Korean Party Congress

    Hundreds of international journalists invited to cover historic party meeting barred from entering actual event

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: lisa from: TX Dallas
    August 15, 2014 7:09 PM
    Mr deng.
    To tell the truth you never show Dr riek killing anybody, the reason why am supporting riek is simply because have been with him for all 20yrs,have never seen him holding s gun on some ones head. Second riek brought peace when he called for unification of southern Sudanese. Which the late john and kiir where against the separation of southerners.so if you hate riek then your misinformed.

    by: Lisa from: Tx
    August 12, 2014 8:22 AM
    Please, south sudanese. Enough is enough, said Kerry i once said that even the Americans will not help this time because they help us to get our independent. that was Gods plan. This time God is calling all south sudanese to look towords Jesus and ask forgiveness. God have tested salva kiir to lead his people but he failed Jesus. Am asking everybody in this world to look at Jesus in the eyes of the suffering people mostly in south Sudan. Am asking everybody to vote for Jesus , before you vote for kiir, its time for change and you must have faith in Dr riek machar, kiir said he will not accept Dr riek or any opposition in his government. But remember no body is above anybody but Jesus, Not kiir.

    Enough is enough of kiir. We should pray for the innocent souls and the suffering of the innocent people mostly in the camps, then you better believe it that asking God for peace this time is the only way. Am asking Dr riek to have faith and hope everyday, and also he should remember when he said no more death of south sudanese people when he called upon the late john to talk peace instead of killing each other, that when Dr riek brought peace which lead to the independent of south Sudan. Kiir never believe in peace, in kiirs world living in peace is a sin. But this time God is only way, not kiir. Its time for peace marker . I vote for Dr riek. To all south sudanese remember the unification of the spdf and splm it was Dr riek. Welcome to 2015.
    In Response

    by: Deng from: FL
    August 13, 2014 1:22 PM
    Lisa, if Dr. Machar is the change to Kiir, then we will never have change. If killer is suitable to be changed with killer, then you surely right, but if not! Think about it and stop spreading misleading massages. Do you know how many ten of thousands of civilians. Dr. Riek killed in1991 when he was fighting for the leadership of Dr. John Garang? And he repeated the same thing in Bor in 2013/2014. I'm not supporting Kiir as he has shown himself as a weakest leader. But rewarding Machar with leadership after he did all kind of killing will cause a none stop able war, hatred, and many more. Therefore, if this what you and your others friends want, go a heads persuade it!

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Image Recognition Market Seen Doubling by 2020i
    X
    Ramon Taylor
    May 05, 2016 10:05 PM
    From auto tagging on Facebook to self-driving cars, image recognition technology as it exists today is still in its beginning phases, experts say — and will soon change the way users and corporations interact with the physical world. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
    Video

    Video Image Recognition Market Seen Doubling by 2020

    From auto tagging on Facebook to self-driving cars, image recognition technology as it exists today is still in its beginning phases, experts say — and will soon change the way users and corporations interact with the physical world. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
    Video

    Video Child Labor in Afghanistan Remains a Problem

    With war still raging in Afghanistan, the country also faces the problem of child labor as families put their school-age children to work to help make ends meet. But, thanks to VOA's Afghan Service, two families whose children had been working in a brick-making factory - to earn their livings and pay off family debts - now have a new lease on life. Zabihullah Ghazi reports.
    Video

    Video Kurdish Troops Recount Firefight Which Killed US Navy SEAL

    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday, when Islamic State fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq, was part of a quick reaction force sent to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive. VOA's Kawa Omar spoke with Kurdish troops in the town of Telskuf -- the scene of what U.S. officials called a "dynamic firefight."
    Video

    Video British Lawmakers Warn EU Exit Talks Could Last A Decade

    Leaving the European Union would mean difficult negotiations that could take years to complete, according to a bipartisan group of British lawmakers. While the group did not recommend a vote either way, the lawmakers noted trade deals between the EU and non-EU states take between four and nine years on average. Henry Ridgwell reports on the mounting debate over whether Britain should stay or exit the EU as the June vote approaches.
    Video

    Video NASA Astronauts Train for Commercial Space Flights

    Since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, the United States has been relying on Russian rockets to launch fresh crews to the International Space Station. But that may change in the next few years. NASA and several private space companies are developing advanced capsules capable of taking humans into low orbit and beyond. As VOA's George Putic reports, astronauts are already training for commercial spacecraft in flight simulators.
    Video

    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    The White House is expressing concern about rising political chaos in Iraq and the impact it could have on the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. says Iraq needs a stable, central government to help push back the group. But some say Baghdad may not have a unified government any time soon. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora