Washington imposes 'arms embargo' on S. Sudan, urges related calls from UN

Saul Bowman
February 4, 2018

It is a largely symbolic move, as the United States does not export arms to South Sudan. "Approximately 2.4-million South Sudanese have fled as refugees to neighboring countries and 1.9-million South Sudanese are internally displaced", she said.

The African Union on Monday said it was open to imposing sanctions on leaders violating ceasefires in South Sudan, joining a chorus of officials who say those prolonging the conflict must be punished.

SSHURSA urges the United Nations Security Council to speak with one voice on the sufferings and humiliating situations in which the ordinary South Sudanese are going through due to the effects of the ongoing civil war in South Sudan. "We will continue to take actions against those who foment violence and obstruct the peace process", the statement added. Haley visited South Sudan in late October and met with Kiir.

Companies and entities seeking a license to export defense materials to South Sudan will be denied under the new restrictions. The council sanctioned several senior South Sudanese officials on both sides of the conflict in 2015.

South Sudan's leaders aren't just failing their people, "they are betraying them", Ms Haley said.

"The message must be clear - the United States, the region, and the global community will not stand idly by as innocent South Sudanese civilians are murdered".


Late last month, US ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the United States had given up on South Sudan's leader after investing more than $11 billion in the country, and she called President Salva Kiir an "unfit partner" in the pursuit of peace.

The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives since then, slashed oil production and driven about a third of the population of 12 million from their homes.

South Sudan is the worlds youngest country, and has been supported by the US since it's inception in 2011.

"Civilians who have suffered ethnically motivated attacks, mass rape and forced displacement over the past five years deserve the support of the worldwide community, which must do everything in its power to bring stability to the world's youngest country".

United Nations experts report South Sudan has spent millions on weapons, while the country suffers from starvation and is in the midst of an economic crisis.

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