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South Sudan Sanctions ‘Blocked by Russia and Angola’

A group of South Sudanese chant at a demonstration held in support of President Salva Kiir and against "foreign encroachment" in Juba, South Sudan Monday, March 10, 2014. Arabic on placard reads "No foreigners are allowed to intervene". (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)
A group of South Sudanese chant at a demonstration held in support of President Salva Kiir and against “foreign encroachment” in Juba, South Sudan Monday, March 10, 2014. Arabic on placard reads “No foreigners are allowed to intervene”. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

(BBC) – Russia and Angola have opposed moves at the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on a South Sudan general and a rebel commander, diplomats say.

The US had proposed a travel ban and asset freeze on army chief Paul Malong and rebel general Johnson Olony for continuing to fuel conflict.

The Russian ambassador to the UN said sanctions might aggravate the situation, AP news agency reports.

Fighting has continued in South Sudan despite last month’s peace deal.

Both sides signed the agreement to end the 20 months of conflict under intense regional and international pressure.

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