South Sudan arms embargo vote in limbo as Japan demands action

A South Sudanese child receives treatment at a clinic. Photo: UNICEF/File
A South Sudanese child receives treatment at a clinic. Photo: UNICEF/File

Juba, December 22, 2016 (SSNA) — The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on South Sudan arms embargo tomorrow, however, Japan lambasted United States-drafted resolution less than a day before the council meets.

Tokyo says it supports actions not sanctions, and calls Washington resolution “’not productive.”

“Japan supports actions, not sanctions, on South Sudan,” Japan’s prime minister special adviser, Okamura Yoshifumi, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

It is not clear what Tokyo means about “actions” assertion.

The South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) was told by a UN diplomatic source that the 15-member council is too divined and that it is questionable a deal will be reached.

The source added “expect serious skirmishes” if the United States, France, and United Kingdom failed to secure the nine votes needed to pass a resolution.

The United States says it is working hard to get necessary votes to pass its resolution.

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  • The Japanese position of “actions not sanctions” needs proper interpretations to layman in S. Sudan. But what would that do to quell the fire on the ground without the sanctions? The guys involved in the atrocities have to face the wrath of the peace well wishers only with sanctions.

  • What Japan did is logic. Instead of doing nothing other than shouting “sanction,” Japan physically is there, building bridges and protecting vulnerable South Sudanese, THAT’S ACTION.
    Armed embargo will not stop war or weapons, it will just make things worse especially for UN personnels or IDPs.
    Solution: All South Sudanese and friends must join hands to call for an end to unnecessary war thru South Sudanese own internal dialogue.
    External and foreign cook peace will result in another J1, it can’t bring peace.

  • Action speaks louder than words. But it is far much better if words are complemented by actions


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