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Offbeat UN set to impose arms embargo on South Sudan

03:30  13 july  2018
03:30  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The United States circulated a revised draft resolution among security council members; the measure would impose a ban on arms sales to South Sudan until May 2019 © Provided by AFP The United States circulated a revised draft resolution among security council members; the measure would impose a ban on arms sales to South Sudan until May 2019

The UN Security Council will vote Friday on imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions on two military officials after the latest diplomatic efforts failed to end nearly five years of war.

The United States circulated a revised draft resolution on Thursday that diplomats said is likely to be adopted, imposing a ban on arms sales to South Sudan until May 2019.

The measure expresses "deep concern at the failures of South Sudan's leaders to bring an end to the hostilities" and would renew until May 2019 sanctions imposed on South Sudan.

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Today, the United States government decided to impose a unilateral arms embargo over South Sudan . It is clear that the UN and African Union’s many condemnations and threats to impose consequences have not been enough to stop the atrocities.

The head of the Peace Agreement Monitory Mechanism for South Sudan has urged the U . N Security Council to ensure that different leaders in the war-torn

South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011, with critical backing from the United States, which remains Juba's biggest aid donor.

Countless efforts have failed to bring peace to the country now in its fifth year of a war that has seen ethnic killings, gang rapes and other atrocities documented by UN rights officials.

Former military chief Paul Malong and Malek Ruben Riak, a former deputy chief of general staff for logistics, would be added to the UN sanctions blacklist and hit by a global visa ban and assets freeze, according to the text.

The United States had initially proposed sanctions against three ministers in President Salva Kiir's government, including the defense minister, but they were dropped from the proposed blacklist during negotiations.

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The U. S. is set to announce an arms embargo against South Sudan , three sources familiar with the decision told Reuters, stepping up pressure against U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the U . N . Security Council last Wednesday it was time to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan .

The UN Security Council is expected to adopt on Thursday a US-drafted resolution that threatens to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against those blocking efforts to end one of Africa's worst wars. The strongly-worded text is aimed at piling pressure on South Sudan 's warring.

- No veto from China, Russia -

China and Russia had resisted the US push for tougher action on South Sudan, but a Security Council diplomat said that they would not resort to their veto power to block the measure, suggesting they could instead abstain.

A draft resolution requires nine votes and no veto to be adopted in the 15-member council.

Ethiopia, which has led a regional peace effort, on Thursday said it opposed the draft resolution and asked the United States to drop the arms embargo and proposed sanctions, according to an email seen by AFP.

But its appeal was rejected and the United States confirmed on Thursday that the measure would be put to a vote.

A Security Council diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the arms embargo would "maintain the right level of pressure" on South Sudan to push for an end to the conflict.

South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013 when Kiir accused former vice president Riek Machar of plotting a coup.

In the years since, tens of thousands have been killed and millions have been uprooted. Seven million South Sudanese, more than half of the population, are in need of food aid, according to the UN.

Earlier Thursday, South Sudan's parliament voted to allow Kiir to remain in power until 2021, a move that will complicate negotiations with Machar on a power-sharing deal.

The United States has repeatedly threatened to impose an arms embargo and sanctions against those blocking efforts to end the war.

In 2016, Washington failed to win enough votes at the Security Council for the arms embargo and targeted sanctions.

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