Pres­i­dent op­poses arms em­bargo on South Sudan

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Uganda’s Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni said he was op­posed to a U.N. plan to im­pose an arms em­bargo on his neigh­bor South Sudan, say­ing it would weaken its army just as the coun­try was try­ing to con­tain a resur­gence of vi­o­lence.

The state­ment from one of the re­gion’s main pow­ers, is­sued over the week­end, came af­ter U.N. Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ban Ki-moon urged the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to block arms sales to try and end more than two years of fight­ing in the world’s new­est na­tion.

At least 272 peo­ple have died in the lat­est clashes be­tween forces loyal to South Sudan’s Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir and his ri­val, Vice Pres­i­dent Riek Machar.

Mu­sev­eni told Ban he was against the em­bargo at an African Union sum­mit in Rwanda’s cap­i­tal Ki­gali on Satur­day, of­fi­cials said.

“When you im­pose an (arms) em­bargo on South Sudan you de­stroy the lo­cal force on which you need to build a strong in­te­grated army,” a state­ment from his of­fice read.

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