Genocide-threatened South Sudan defiant

South SudanFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – TROUBLED South Sudan hit out at the international community calling for an arms imposition and fears it was spiraling into genocide.
Head of the permanent mission at the United Nations, Joseph Malok, singled out at UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, for criticism.
“His (Dieng’s) comments the conflict in South Sudan will become an outright ethnic war a bit far-exaggerated,” said Malok after a UN Security
Council meeting.
He said the UN envoy’s position did not reflect the reality.
“There have been no attempts on the part of South Sudanese to turn against one another.”
Malok lashed at calls for an arms embargo and sanctions arguing some countries were undermining government’s sovereignty.
“This is totally unacceptable.”
The UN is divided over the imposition of an arms embargo and targeted sanctions.
US representative, Samantha Power, said some violations included the rape of women while infants were used as sticks to beat those women.
She said arms embargo and sanctions should be adopted.
“More of the same is not working,” she said.
Russian envoy, Petr Illichev, stressed targeted sanctions or arms embargo would not serve peace in South Sudan.
“Colleagues should refrain from interpreting events as a prediction of genocide,” he added.
Thousands have been killed and over 3 million civilians have been displaced.
Humanitarian workers have been killed, attacked and raped.

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