U.S. Military Leaders and Christians Groups Call for Sanctions and Arms Embargo on South Sudan:
March 31, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A list of retired senior military leaders, mostly former major and brigadier generals of U.S army, including the former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Henry Shelton, call on president Obama, Ambassador Rice and Secretary John Kerry to step up their efforts to impose sanctions and arms embargo on South Sudan.
“As retired military leaders who have dedicated our lives to defending freedom, we urge the U.S to redouble its efforts to end the ongoing violent conflict in South Sudan” the retired seniors urged Obama administration.
The seniors are concerned that enough suffering has been inflicted on the people of South Sudan and therefore U.S must act now to save the country and the region.
The military leaders have also observed that the destabilization of South Sudan will also present threat to America and American citizens in the region, and thus it must be swiftly put to an end.
“It is our moral and security interests to stem the flow of weapons and funds fueling this conflict. And so we urge the U.S to lead the UN Security Council in swiftly implementing the newly adopted sanctions resolutions, instituting an arms embargo to keep weapons from flowing into the country, and publicly identifying the people responsible for perpetuating the violence and committing heinous atrocities”. part of the letter reads.
The retired generals further remind Obama administration that more than 4 millions people in South Sudan are in urgent need of aid, hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes, and thousands have lost their lives.
The proposal was endorsed by more than 60,000 Christians, who see sanctions and arms embargo as the best alternative to ending the suffering of the people of South Sudan, who have suffered for many years.
Other retired senior generals who signed the letter include Maj. Gen. Buford “Buff” Blount, Maj.Gen. Roger R. Blunt, Maj. Gen George Buskirk, Maj. Gen. Michael Dunn, Brig. Gen. Pat Foote, Brig. Gen. John Watkins,JR, Rear Admiral Stuart Platt, Read Admiral Alan M. Steinman, among others.