UN veto pow­ers mull arms em­bargo, more troops

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The United States pro­posed on Thurs­day that the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil re­new a peace­keep­ing mis­sion in South Su­dan for 10 days while the body con­sid­ers clamp­ing an arms em­bargo on the world’s new­est state and send­ing more troops there, diplo­mats said.

After vi­o­lence in South Su­dan’s cap­i­tal Juba ear­lier this month, U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon called on the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to for­tify the peace­keep­ing mis­sion. He also urged an arms em­bargo and sanc­tions for lead­ers and com­man­ders block­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of an Au­gust peace deal.

“South Su­dan re­mains pre­car­i­ously poised on the brink of an abyss,” Ban told a coun­cil meet­ing on peace­build­ing in Africa. The man­date for the United Na­tions mis­sion, known as UNMISS, ex­pires on Sun­day, so the United States cir­cu­lated a brief draft res­o­lu­tion on Thurs­day, seen by Reuters, to the 15-mem­ber coun­cil to ex­tend the au­tho­riza­tion of the force un­til Aug. 8. It could be adopted on Fri­day, diplo­mats said.

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