Arms em­bargo im­posed on South Su­dan

Gulf Times - - REGION/ARAB WORLD -

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil yes­ter­day im­posed an arms em­bargo on South Su­dan and sanc­tions on two mil­i­tary of­fi­cials, ratch­et­ing up pres­sure af­ter the lat­est diplo­matic ef­forts failed to end nearly five years of war.

The coun­cil nar­rowly adopted a US-drafted res­o­lu­tion with the back­ing of nine coun­tries.

Rus­sia, China and four other coun­tries ab­stained.

The United States had lob­bied hard to win votes for the arms em­bargo af­ter it failed in 2016 to per­suade the coun­cil to back the mea­sure and cut off the arms flow to South Su­dan. US am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley told the coun­cil that sup­port for the arms em­bargo will send a mes­sage to South Su­dan’s lead­ers that “we are fed up with de­lays and stalling.” “Th­ese are the weapons that armed groups used to shoot fa­thers in front of their wives and chil­dren, to hold up con­voys of food aid, or to as­sault women and girls,” Ha­ley told the coun­cil ahead of the vote.

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

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

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