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SOUTH SUDAN: UN meets over US arms embargo

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RADIO MIRAYA – The UN Security Council meets today to discuss a US-drafted resolution, which seeks to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan.

The US resolution also seeks to slap sanctions against those blocking efforts to end the conflict in the country.

According to the copy of the text, the council will “consider all appropriate measures against those who take actions that undermine the peace, stability, and security of South Sudan.

The draft resolution would also renew the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission for a year and maintain a regional protection force in Juba.

The United Kingdom says continued delays by the government to implement the Hybrid Court for South Sudan is unacceptable.

The concern was raised in a statement delivered Tuesday at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

The Peace Agreement to resolve the conflict in South Sudan stipulated the need for the establishment of a Hybrid Court for South Sudan by the Government through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union.

According to the agreement, if that did not happen, the African Union had the authority to set up a Hybrid Court, outside the country if necessary, to try alleged perpetrators for South Sudan.

The UK government commended the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan for its important work over the past year but said that they are dismayed by the worsening human rights situation in the country specifically noting that some violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The UK government strongly urged Member States to renew the Commission’s mandate, so that those responsible for these violations can be held to account for their crimes.

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