UN set to impose arms embargo on South Sudan

The UN Security Council will vote Friday on imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions on two military officials after the latest diplomatic efforts failed to end nearly five years of war.

The United States circulated a revised draft resolution on Thursday that diplomats said is likely to be adopted, imposing a ban on arms sales to South Sudan until May 2019.

The measure expresses “deep concern at the failures of South Sudan’s leaders to bring an end to the hostilities” and would renew until May 2019 sanctions imposed on South Sudan.

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

Countless efforts have failed to bring peace to the country now in its fifth year of a war that has seen ethnic killings, gang rapes and other atrocities documented by UN rights officials.

Former military chief Paul Malong and Malek Ruben Riak, a former deputy chief of general staff for logistics, would be added to the UN sanctions blacklist and hit by a global visa ban and assets freeze, according to the text.

The United States had initially proposed sanctions against three ministers in President Salva Kiir’s government, including the defense minister, but they were dropped from the proposed blacklist during negotiations.

Source: National News Agency