UN Humanitarian Chief Calls for Arms Embargo Against South Sudan

Juba, February 10, 2015 (SSNA) — The United Nations Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, calls for a collective UN action to impose arms embargo against the Republic of South Sudan, asserting that it can make it harder for people to fight if there are no guns.

The call comes just days after UN said illegal roadblocks are delaying humanitarian aid to needy people.

“Anything that takes weapons off the streets, out of countries and out of communities will help us because ultimately for us it’s about bringing peace,” Amos told the Guardian Newspaper (UK).

“If there are no weapons, it’s harder for people to fight, peace will come sooner and we can get more aid to the people who so desperately need it,” she added.

Last week, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that South Sudan food insecurity is going to get worse by the end of March unless something is done. Amos also said South Sudan’s government does not want to admit hunger figures of 2.5 million people facing severe food shortages.

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