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U.S pushes for imposition of arms embargo on South Sudan


January 25, 2018 (NEW YORK) - The United States on Wednesday called for an arms embargo on South Sudan after its warring parties failed to honour a ceasefire agreement signed late last year.

Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN, at the UN Security Council meeting on 7 February 2017 (UN Photo)

Addressing the United Nations Security Council, the US ambassador Nikki Haley to the world body criticized the President Salva Kiir-led coalition government of failing to lead efforts to end the civil war.

“The time has come to acknowledge the hard reality – that the leaders of South Sudan are not just failing their people, they are betraying them,” she told a council meeting on South Sudan.

The 15-member Security Council considers the revitalization of the peace process initiated by the regional bloc (IGAD) as an opportunity to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.

According to the senior US official, an arms embargo on South Sudan would help the people of South Sudan to slow the violence, slow the flow of arms and ammunitions and protect innocent lives.

The diplomat also appealed to African leaders, ahead of an African Union summit due in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the weekend to push for accountability for those seen as against the peace process.

In March last year, a UN panel of experts, in a report, called for an arms embargo on South Sudan after it emerged that its government was spending oil revenue on weapons as its citizens faced starvation. The call was, however, opposed by China and Russia, insisting regional nations must play a key role in resolving the problem.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. The conflict has forced more than two million people to flee their homes.


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  • 25 January 2018 08:25, by Sunday Junup

    Therefore China and Russia are responsible for death in Equatoria after 2015 peace agreement

    • 25 January 2018 08:34, by jubaone

      Who cares if Equatorians, Nuers, Fertit and rest are killed? Sadam killed thousands, Hitler killed millions, Polpot killed millions, Amin killed thousands who cares? None. The international community cares, only if these tyrants are threat to them. The Kiirminal is not a threat so they simply pay lip services. Non jienges must take care of themselves.

      • 25 January 2018 08:39, by jubaone

        The international community or allied armies of US, UK, France and USSR only intervened when Hitler was a real threat to them. But where were they when Hitler was killing millions of Jews, Gypsies and other nationalities? Now the Jews have taken care of themselves very well. Equatorians too, must rethink and not wait they must do anything possible. Otherwise it will be over for us.

        • 25 January 2018 08:53, by South South

          Everything will be fine in 2018 including our Equatoria.

          • 25 January 2018 12:06, by Tilo

            South South
            Government have already violated the COH agreement and they did not comply by releasing all political detainees and war prisoners. How is everything gonna be fine in 2018, if government is not respecting the signed agreement?

            • 25 January 2018 13:22, by South South


              Peace can come anytime. Arabs and Israel are still talking about peace since 1948. Every war MUST end up with peace deal.

              • 25 January 2018 15:50, by Tilo

                South South
                You are talking of peace in 2018 however you are referring me to Israel and Arabs peace talk that started since world war two till date and they have not yet reach final peace deal, why are you contradicting yourself like that man

                No wonder we lost faith in the government of kiir jieng and cohort
                EquaExit must be initiated for us “Equatorians” to enjoy our independent state.

                • 26 January 2018 09:48, by jubaone

                  Thank you. Equatexit is real and must happen. Therefore, you must first do the following:
                  1. Stop any social, political and economic contacts with jienges
                  2. Support "our boys/girls" in the bushes: financially, morally and materially.
                  3. Mobilize our youth to think, act and speak "Equatorian"; that yes we can be an independent republic. We can live without jienges.

        • 25 January 2018 09:44, by Sunday Junup

          Good words Jubaone!
          We have tell them that they are the cause of all this Killing. I don’t blame Equatorian because this war by Juba is a terrorist fight and you know very well that it is difficult to deal with Terrorist because they Kidnap and kill Innocent civilian.

    • 26 January 2018 03:45, by Jubaa5

      Please Ambassador Deng dont to make a mistake like paul Malong, King Paul escaped narrowly death.The days of Salva kiir are numbered even the USA has said that President Salva Kiir being unfit to govern South Sudan,it is time for Salva Kiir to go!! By promotion of three senior military officers by President Kiir as a slap in the face of the international community. And the 3 are wanted criminals.

    • 26 January 2018 03:58, by Jubaa5

      Majority of educated Dinkas now have realised that Salva kiir is a stupid idiot president is using Dinkas to keep him in power. look around Juba,have you seen how dinka people are really suffering!! No food no Jobs in their own country!!
      But the question is where are the brave generals in the army to rescue this country? Is it difficult to overthrow Salva Kiir

  • 25 January 2018 11:09, by Eastern

    Ambassador Nikki Haley’s has the capability of deploying a stealth drone from the US Army airbase in Djibouti to take off any of those arms and ammunition sneaked into South Sudan mostly from Uganda and Kenya. Blow into pieces such consignments immediately they cross into South Sudan will make Museveni & Kenyatta see some sense and Kiir will start acting rational!

    • 25 January 2018 13:18, by South South


      Please keep peace alive in 2018. Small violations from here and there are the things that two partners need to be working on. Forget about US drone in South Sudan. US will not and can not open another Iraq, Libya, Syria or Afghanistan. US has enough from Middle East to deal with. It is equally very important for anyone talking about arms embargo to have regional governments on there side

      • 25 January 2018 16:27, by Eastern

        South South,

        What you morons must know is the US government wants A GOVERNMENT IN JUBA THAT IS ACCOUNTS TO IT; the over 10 billion USD investment by that country since 2005 needs some results. Because of the government malfeasance at the behest of Kiir surrounded by tribal advisers, the REGIME IN JUBA IS AN UNFIT partner for South Sudan-US engagement. Ever heard of the regime change song?

      • 25 January 2018 16:32, by Eastern

        South South,

        You may have benefited from some rice and recently support in the ailing medical sector at home, that wont change the need for the Kiir-led tribal regime to show cause why IT IS NOT UNFIT for future engagements with the US! Don’t even try to compare South Sudan with Somalia before you line up Afghanistan, Libya, etc....Doing so will be akin to comparing apples and mangoes.

        • 25 January 2018 18:24, by South South


          What is wrong with Mr. KARAMA? Peace is the best for all. US will not fight for cowards, remember that.

        • 26 January 2018 09:42, by jubaone

          How these "human thrash" have made SS worse than Somalia.

  • 25 January 2018 13:18, by James

    No one cares about the dead fish except the fishermen. The big powers are only concerned about the market of their weapons. basically, the objective of arms embargo is to disarm one side and arm the other side and facilitate the fall of disarmed side. Imposing arms embargo on the government means arming of the rebels

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