US calls for a UN-mandated arms embargo on South Sudan

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. Photo: AP/File

Juba, March 8, 2018 (SSNA) — In what was seen by some regional experts as an unorthodox political move, the United States, on Wednesday introduced through the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), introduced a ban, which, according to documents seen by the South Sudan News agency, would impose punitive measure against the war-torn young nation.

According to the text, the US claimed that those who obstruct the ongoing peace revitalization process must be sanctioned.

However, some veto-wielding powers: Moscow and Beijing are believed to be in a secret deal with the Juba’s regime, according to one South Sudanese expert.

“Common, let us talk about what can be done to bring an end to the ongoing armed conflict in our country,” Bil Kor Liem, a South Sudanese analyst who works as a freelance with numerous South Sudanese media outlets in Kenya told the South Sudan News Agency.

“China and Russia are known supporters of Salva Kiir Mayardiit supporters. Anything through UN will not produce anything,” Lie charged.”

The SSNA understands that, in the past, the US, under its former leader Barrack Obama, failed to come up with a reasonable proposal to convince China and Russia to impose any punishment against South Sudan.

The South Sudan News Agency has also learned through a UN diplomatic confidential source that all UNSC, with an exception of China and Russia, are considering a vote to back the US proposal.

This is not the first time the US attempts to punish South Sudan. In early February, Washington imposed its own arms embargo against Juba. It is not clear whether the imposed measure produced any result.

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