Oct 24, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— Fearing that South Sudan’s incumbent, who is struggling to maintain status quo, has lost sense and ability to care for his people, the United States’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Amb. Nikki Haley, will land this Wednesday[tomorrow] in Juba to figure out how the US could turn things around in this young nation.
The world’s youngest nation is being consumed by a man-made catastrophe, a tribalized conflict that is being driven by its leaders, and the incumbent who has military upper hand shows no sympathy for the suffering of his people, says the US ambassador to the United Nations.
“Do you look at the South Sudan situation, and being denied accessed to humanitarian things, to see the conflict that is going on, to see a government that is ignoring its people and leads the conflict.” Says Amb. Nikki Haley,
Amb. Haley fears that while the conflict deteriorates, South Sudan could also becomes a breeding ground for terrorism and America doesn’t want to see that.
“We are seeing the situation deteriorates, and what happens is when the conflict hits it becomes a breeding ground for extremists group and that is what we don’t want” Amb Haley continues.
“What we don’t want to see is another breeding ground for that [terrorism] to happen” She adds.
Amb. Haley discusses options that could persuade President Salva Kiir to come to his moral senses and stop pursuing war on his people, she says Kiir does not care about US pulling out her USAID supports as he doesn’t even care about the suffering of his people.
“When you look at South Sudan, you really have to think hard before you pull USAID because President Kiir does not care if we pull USAID. He doesn’t care if his people suffers and that is the concern we have. We don’t know that will make a difference by pulling USAID or not” Amb. Haley said.
“We will try to see exactly what will move president Kiir so that he does take that high morale ground and begin to really look at creating a safe position for his people” She continued.
Amb. Haley is one of the US officials who has spoken tough on South Sudan conflict and warns that the US won’t sit idle any more.
She pledge that her country is ready and able to take actions on its own while allies and other countries continue to debate on whether they should do something to end or reduce the suffering of South Sudanese or not.
“Our hope is that South Sudan’s leaders will seize this opportunity. If not, we must resolve now – both individually and collectively – to do more to end this conflict.” Amb. Haley tells the United Nations Security Council last month.
“We’re disappointed this Council refuses to stem the flow of arms to South Sudan or to punish those who victimize their own people. Still, we know the real responsibility and power for change lies with South Sudan’s leaders. But so far, the Government of South Sudan has not responded to the pleas of this Council to create an inclusive government and put an end to the fighting. There a great deal of work left to do.” Amb. Haley tells the UNSC.
Although Salva Kiir’s administration has continued to buy weapon and remain adamant to end the war, leaders in Juba are waiting patiently for the US delegates to try to persuade them to drop targeted sanctions the US recently placed on three key officials in Kiir’s government.
Haley has warned that US will not relinquish its sanctions but would instead adds more if the leaders fail to change their war mentality.
Amb. Haley has traveled to Gambella to meet Refugees and civil right groups in Ethiopia to witness the dire situation in refugee camps and hear their grievances before traveling to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, where more IDPs are being accommodated in overcrowded UN protections sites.