IGAD to consult UN Security Council on possible sanctions

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Addis Ababa, 25 June 2014 (WIC) - The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)  is expected to submit a report about South Sudan’s peace talks to the UN Security Council, South Sudan’s former Minister of Justice said.

The former Minister of Justice, John Luk Jok, told  Radio Tamazuj that the head of the IGAD mediation committee Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin will travel to New York to submit a report to the UN Security Council on the progress of the negotiations.

He stressed that there is a high possibility that sanctions will be imposed on parties to the conflict, depending on the recommendation of the mediator.
On Monday the mediation team announced the indefinite adjournment of the peace talks noting, “The SPLM/A (In Opposition) failed to attend the… negotiations.”

“This is in contradiction to the 9 May 2014 Agreement as well as the 10 June 2014 Communiqué which provides for the inclusion and participation of other stakeholders in the negotiations,” read Monday’s announcement.

IGAD’s mention of the communiqué is significant because in it East African countries threatened to take “punitive measures” against any party that failed to honor the resolutions of the document.

In their announcement on Monday the mediators also explicitly stated that they would undertake consultations with the UN Security Council.

John Luk said that he expects diplomats to consider imposing travel bans, asset freezes, arms embargoes or other types of punitive sanctions.

Speaking in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, John Luk noted that the mediation earlier this month gave a deadline of 60 days to the parties to finalize talks on the formation of a transitional government, or else face penalties for impeding the peace process. (radiotamazuj.org)