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UN Security Council renews South Sudan sanctions


May 31, 2016 (NEW YORK) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday voted to renew sanctions on a number of individuals allegedly obstructing a peace deal in South Sudan, weeks after formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

A UN Security Council session in New York (Photo courtesy of the UN)

The Council’s resolution, which welcomed the recent formation of a unity government, extended sanctions for a year, saying much was yet to be done to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over two million.

The 15-member body’s decision comes after an agreement to pursue the sanctions was reached with Russia on Friday, 27 May, in which the draft resolution followed two technical rollovers (resolution 2280 of 7 April and resolution 2271 of 2 March) that briefly extended the sanctions regime.

The sanction’s renewal was delayed due to the return to Juba of the opposition leader and current First Vice President, Riek Machar, and the formation of the transitional government of national unity in late April.

However, some members of the UN Security Council believed that the Council required more time to consider an appropriate approach to sanctions, including a potential arms embargo, while the political situation was in considerable flux and the threat of additional sanctions could affect the calculations of the key decision-makers.

Also members were of the view that the additional time might allow the Council to formulate a more unified strategy, given the divergent views on sanctions. Hence, brief technical rollover resolutions were adopted.

There is general recognition that enormous difficulties still lie ahead in the implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal.

These hurdles include, among others the lack of political will by the parties in the country’s transitional government of national unity to resolve on the controversial 28 states which the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and UN wanted suspended, but has not done till now.

The Council is also concerned about the ongoing threats in South Sudan to humanitarian organizations and workers as well as non-cooperation with the UN mission in the country. A draft South Sudan’s Non-Governmental Organization Bill, now in Parliament, is considered an obstacle to operations of international and national non-governmental entities.

South Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, Joseph Malok, however, said he was “disappointed” by the Security Council’s resolution, reiterating government’s commitment to implement the accord signed with the armed opposition in August last year.


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  • 1 June 2016 08:46, by Mr Point

    United Nations continue with sanctions.
    Foreign donors are not providing funds.
    The government has run up huge debts for Kiir’s War.
    Foods in Juba cost five times what they used to.
    Machar can not be sacked this time.
    What next?

  • 1 June 2016 10:56, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let it be extended for event two years.

  • 1 June 2016 10:59, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let sanctions be extended for event two years.

    • 1 June 2016 13:41, by Southern Boy

      Sanction for what to South Sudan, Dr Machar is here in Juba as FVP no need of sanction, why they not sanction other countries like Arap countries,

  • 1 June 2016 15:49, by Bentiu Sudan

    UN Security Council is bias when it comes to sanction those who commit untold war crimes in South Sudan. Instead of sanctioning Kiir, Malong, Makuei Lueth, Kuol Manyang and many others who were identified in African Union report on war crimes committed in South Sudan, the UN Security Council sanctioned wrong who have nothing to do with the war but just defending themselves from criminal like Kiir.

    • 1 June 2016 22:17, by dinkdong

      You are right, but you are a little bias. You left out Riek Machar.

      • 1 June 2016 23:02, by Native Boy

        You are right!!
        Lets not be funs of evil motive and people you place themselves first and above this country yet if they are careful, they will quickly find out greater men and women who surpasses them 7 times more than they do. Its only matter of time.
        I don’t trust any black or blue colored coat hanged on a statue.

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