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Security Council narrowly imposes arms embargo on South Sudan


July 13, 2018 (WASHINGTON) - The Security Council on Friday narrowly endorsed a resolution imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan until 31 May 2019, a measure that rights groups and the U.S., the penholder on South Sudan called for since two years ago saying it would protect civilians.

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The UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan (Photo: UN/Devra Berkowitz)

The resolution has been adopted by nine affirmative votes and no vote from the six others. The countries that voted in favour of the arms embargo are Côte d’Ivoire, France, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, while Bolivia, China, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Russia abstained.

The vote was identical to the vote of the resolution 2418 of 31 May 2018 which renewed South Sudan sanctions regime and the mandate of the Panel of Experts until 15 July.

It is has been noticed that the Côte d’Ivoire is the only African country that used to not observe the principle of African solidarity or the decisions of the African Union in several antecedents.

Endorsed under Chapter VII, the resolution provides all Member States must immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and its spare parts to landlocked South Sudan.

The ban further includes "technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance, related to military activities or the provision, maintenance or use of any arms and related material, including the provision of armed mercenary personnel whether or not originating in their territories".

It is clear that Kenyan and Ugandan governments would be under the focus of the UN monitoring mechanisms as Juba used to ship its military equipment and weapons through these two countries.

Praising the resolution, Amnesty International said the arms embargo is a step in the right direction towards minimizing harm to civilians in the war-torn nation.

"All states, especially South Sudan’s neighbours, must now strictly enforce the arms embargo and play their part in silencing the guns. The UN Security Council must also learn from past mistakes and implement robust mechanisms to monitor and enforce strict compliance with the embargo,” said Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Last February following the imposition of weapons embargo by the US administration on South Sudan, The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni pledged that his government would facilitate delivery of arms to Juba defying the weapons ban and other sanctions.

Also, a UN report in March, in a joint press conference with the then US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma denied that its country is supplying weapons and ammunition to the warring parties South Sudan.

Friday’s resolution renewed the South Sudan Sanctions regime until 31 May 2019 and the Sanctions Committee’s Panel of Experts until 1 July 2019. Also, it imposed targeted sanctions on two additional individuals: Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army turned rebel leader, and Malek Ruben Riak, former Deputy Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army.

The two generals who are subjected to a travel ban and asset freeze are accused of fomenting violence and hampering efforts for peace in South Sudan.

Following the vote, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley pointed that the measure aims to stop the war and put pressures on the warring parties to end the clashes that displaced around four million and left millions in need of humanitarian assistance.

"If we’re going to help the people of South Sudan, we need the violence to stop. And to stop the violence, we need to stop the flow of weapons to armed groups, that they are using to fight each other and to terrorize the people," Haley said.

For their part, Ambassadors of Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea voiced concerns that the punitive measures could undermine the fragile, ongoing peace process in South Sudan.

The resolution condemned the failure of the warring parties to honour the different ceasefire agreements they signed including the 17 August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), the 21 December 2017 Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access (ACOH), and the 27 June 2018 Khartoum Declaration.

Accordingly, the resolution demands the South Sudan’s leaders to adhere to the ARCSS, ACOH, and 27 June 2018 Khartoum Declaration and allow, "full, safe and unhindered" humanitarian access to all those in need.

Human Rights Watch’s Senior Advocacy Coordinator, Joyce Bukuru, on Thursday called for the imposition of the arms embargo pointing to a new report, by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan that documents murder, rape, and other human rights abuses by South Sudan’s soldiers and armed groups during an April-May military campaign in southern Unity region.

"Instead of being drawn in by the latest political manoeuvres from South Sudanese leaders, the Council should address the suffering of South Sudan’s civilians. They’re the ones who need an arms embargo now," Bukuru emphasized.


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  • 13 July 2018 23:01, by lino

    There we go!!! Let see who that war machine traders in the region!!! M7?!!

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    • 14 July 2018 00:11, by lino

      It good for these so called politicians of SS to set under the tree and solved their own problems! When you start killing your own citizens, it is a clear invitation for the International Community to show their teeth!!! Leader the lessons from Khartoum Islamic Regimes 1983-2005!!!
      Dr. John once said “ If you put up your mosquito net at night and still got bits, who is mistaken? The mosquito...

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      • 14 July 2018 00:18, by lino

        ...or who put the net?!” Very nice question 😇! Khartoum ignored answering the question for long time and the country disintegrated with still civil wars and unprecedented economic decline!!!
        Now, Konyo Konyo Regime of 🤠 Kiir is following the footsteps of Jalapa!!!

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    • 14 July 2018 00:24, by The Rhino

      "All member states must immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply,sale or transfer of weapons and ammunition,military vehicles and equipment,paramilitary equipment and its spare parts to landlocked South Sudan"...this includes "technical assistance,maintenance or use of any arms and related material,including the provision of ARMED MERCENARY PERSONAL..

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      • 14 July 2018 00:33, by The Rhino

        ...whether or not originating in their territories",end Quote!The USA should have squashed this shit two years ago.But now that it has finally happened,we expect this resolution to be genuinely and precisely implemented.These two candidates,namely Uganda and Kenya must halt,cut and extinct their insatiable immoral weapons deals with primitive jienges in Juba...

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        • 14 July 2018 00:48, by The Rhino

          ..Now if Kiir himself wants to fight anybody around,let him just use his bare fists or sticks to proof himself he is a true warrior.Otherwise,he is just one big coward whose clock is shrinking as we move forward.

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  • 13 July 2018 23:05, by Games

    What took UN so long to come up with something like this in 2014. If that was done two years ago, those 4.6 million people should be living in South Sudan right now and those of uncountable lives that have been lost through the course of these three years should have been safe.

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  • 13 July 2018 23:10, by Games

    I think all those primitives and idiots in Juba would start to listen to the language that world speak. Anyway our patients are finally rewarded.
    Good luck Juba

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  • 14 July 2018 02:15, by Kenyang ll

    Again, these western sanctions & embargo don’t work anywhere and virtually useless in Africa. Still, in the face of unstable coward who occupied space and time as South Sudan President, these can ultimately weaken SPLA. Keep and protect Kiir and opportunist cliques and get stab at the back or ultimately pay the price (for their sins).

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    • 14 July 2018 03:22, by Malakal county Simon

      Good step and let’s hope this will shift to the needed peace!!

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  • 14 July 2018 06:36, by Eastern

    Believe me, Kiir will continue getting arms courtesy of Museveni through Nimule. This is largely efforts in futility.....

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    • 14 July 2018 10:45, by South South

      Peace is coming, the only hope for South Sudan. As for US sanctions, the entire Africa continent is against it except one country, Ivory coast. Western sanctions always end up in trash can. Who can control guns movement these days. South Sudan can get guns from the sky.

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      • 14 July 2018 11:33, by Eastern

        South South,

        Just calm down! Museveni doesn’t need to use the air to get arms to South Sudan. That being said, remember the pen holder for this latest sanction regime is the US. Read the text of the sanction and internalise it. I once said a time will come when truckloads of arms and amunition will burnt into cinders just after crossing the border between South Sudan and Uganda...

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        • 14 July 2018 13:11, by South South

          You are the one who needs to come down. US has imposed arms embargo on South Sudan since last year, so nothing is new to us. Arms embargo works when it’s collective decision by countries, especially those neighboring. It doesn’t work when one country imposes it.Every country in the world has its own national security interests, so people are not going to follow US interests only because

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        • 14 July 2018 13:42, by Kush Natives

          Calling arms embargo on an independent nation is as simple as that. Why hopping for the international community to bring an End to the War that you unthinkably started? Think twice about it. Don’t confuse yourselves in the bushes, accept peace as alternative and viable option rather than calling for foreign interest. I don’t see any big deal about making foreign interest yours.

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          • 14 July 2018 16:03, by jubaone

            Too late too little and less effective. Once Trump invites Riak and SSOA to Washington and provides covert operations to the opposition, things will change immediately. Dictators are kicked out and not talked to. It’s worthless and stupid. More stupid, especially if it a jienge republic. You smack savages and not babysit them

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      • 14 July 2018 22:02, by lino

        Junubi Junubi,

        Why don’t you set up your own factories and make your weapons?!!! Maroons!!!

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  • 14 July 2018 07:41, by Games

    Yes for mean time, but will end when the security council send a red eye message to M7 that enough is enough. Thus, Nimule road would end up closing.

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  • 14 July 2018 07:42, by Games

    Yes for mean time, but will end when the security council send a red eye message to M7 that enough is enough. Thus, Nimule road would end up closing.

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  • 14 July 2018 08:10, by @you

    m7 and his friend of Kenya will,
    See one day what they are doing,
    To our people of south Sudan.

    Yala amchi num

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  • 14 July 2018 14:20, by Tut John Nyuon

    "It sound but wouldn’t work"
    How many time we read about arm embargo for S.Sudan?
    Those Countries who trade weapons to South Sudan are the main problem to civilian who are still suffering in Junub.

    Kenya and Uganda Even thought they are participated in South Sudan.
    Arm embargo is nothing rather then opening the cases to arrest the who violate the peace signed.

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  • 16 July 2018 09:01, by Theallseeingeye

    I wish the UN should keep monitoring the Uganda/Numuli border roads too, such that this Arm embargo works effectively.

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