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December 24th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Power: South Sudan needs diplomacy

As the fighting in South Sudan teeters on the brink of an all-out civil war and possibly even ethnic violence, the U.S. maneuvers to end the conflict and evacuate Americans on the ground. Filling in for Wolf Blitzer, CNN's Brianna Keilar talks to the American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, about what options the U.S. has to stop the violence.

Filed under: Interviews • Military • Samantha Power • South Sudan
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  1. Naissgai

    Machar and Kiir must both be removed from ("political" and military) power by any means necessary. Their military contribution to “independence" has shown, thus far, that they are incompetent political administrators
    ( 1) As well, they must be arraigned before an international tribunal, preferably International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
    (2) The United Nations with a coalition of South Sudanese political leaders must then govern South Sudan until after a "time" of Truth and Reconciliation.
    ( 3) As well, the new government must conduct a nationwide "de-ethnicization" program from Upper Nile to Western Equatoria, from Northern El-Bar Ghazal to Eastern Equatoria
    (4) The international community must hasten to remove El-Bashir and his murderous courtiers in Khartoum and hasten them towards The Hague (ICC). This will defuse their criminal influence from meddling in South Sudan's Internal Affairs.
    (5) African Union/UN show draw peace (enabling)-enforcement troops from countries not having stake in South Sudan. (Thus, the UN & AU MUST specifically exclude troops from Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda from having any role in South Sudan, along with their political leaders or their delegates.
    (6) If all else fails, we can ask Americans to assist in “droning" out Machar wherever he is hiding.
    (7) The UN-governance in South Sudan must control the Oil Revenue account.
    (8) South Sudanese educated abroad, without any dog in this fight must be encouraged to join the join in the Unity government
    (9) The in-coming administration must work on re-routing Oil pipelines through Kenya (whose leaders should not engage in South Sudan's political situation). They should put this put on full-steam and urgently. This is to deny the murderous (Khartoum) Omar El Bashir any associated advantage over Juba
    (10). I suggest eminent figures like Kofi Annan or, with an advisory board of equally eminent (global) businesspersons and African Scholars lethargic and opposed to dictatorships (Ref George Ayittey, etc.) could staff the UN-controlled government of South Sudan.
    (11) Infrastructure development will need to be dispersed equally among the States of South Sudan. Easy cottage industries to provide work to the youth must be a top priority for political legitimacy of the new South Sudan government but also to steer itchy-fingers away from the from half-century internalization of gun-trigger violence. Good luck!

    December 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  2. Bill Franke

    Mr. Blitzer, what is at stake in So Sudan for the USA? For the USA to get involved in yet another conflict is crazy. Lets stablize the home front and make us feel better about where we live. Today I heard on CNN that the Pope is being compared to Nelson Madela the Pope in my opinion is the largest leader in the world with more impact.

    December 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm |

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