South Sudan not yet acting on pledge to work with UN, official says
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co-chair of the diplomats visiting Juba on humanitarian ground, Sept 2,
Samantha Powers, US ambassador to the United Nations is one of the co-chair
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*Sept 16, 2016(Nyamilepedia)* —– UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said
on Wednesday South Sudan’s government had not taken any action on a pledge
it made 10 days ago to cooperate on the deployment of more United Nations
troops in a bid to avoid a possible arms embargo.
During a UN Security Council visit to South Sudan earlier this
month, President Salva Kiir agreed to accept 4,000 extra peacekeepers and
to allow some 12,000 peacekeepers already on the ground to move around
freely so they can protect civilians.
Ladsous told reporters after briefing the Security Council on Wednesday the
agreement “has not been enacted upon at all.”
In the wake of heavy fighting in South Sudan’s capital Juba in July, the
15-member council last month authorised a regional protection force as part
of the UN peacekeeping mission and threatened to consider an arms embargo
if Kiir’s government did not cooperate or stop hindering the movement of
“The members of the Security Council call on the government to abide by the
commitments it made and to translate them into concrete steps immediately,”
the body said in a statement on Wednesday.
The council also expressed concern at “subsequent statements by certain
members of the government which appear to contradict the commitment made to
the Security Council consenting to the deployment of the regional
Britain and France believe an arms embargo should have already been imposed
on South Sudan. US Ambassador Samantha Power said Washington will support
an embargo if Kiir’s government does not implement its commitments.
However, Russian Deputy UN Ambassador Petr Illichev warned that such a move
could harm attempts to bring peace and believes the South Sudanese
government should be given at least a month to start fulfilling its pledges.
UN peacekeepers have been deployed in South Sudan since 2011, when the
country gained independence from Sudan.
Political rivalry between Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar sparked a
civil war in 2013 but, while the pair signed a shaky peace deal a year ago,
fighting has continued and Machar fled the country after the eruption of
violence in July.
“The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern that members of
civil society had been targeted in the days following the Security
Council’s visit to South Sudan,” said the body, calling for the
perpetrators to be held to account.
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