UN renews sanctions, arms embargo against South Sudan

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The United Nations (UN) has extended sanctions against South Sudan, including an arms embargo, for another year.

Members of the UN Security Council voted on Thursday in approval of a US-drafted resolution to extend the sanctions. South Sudan’s government called upon the UN to remove the sanctions ahead of the vote, insisting the war that prompted them to be imposed has ended.

UN renews South Sudan sanctions

Resolutions in the 15-member UN Security Council require a minimum number of nine votes in favour to be adopted. Ten member states voted in favour of adopting the resolution to extend sanctions against South Sudan with China and Russia voting against the resolution, as well as all three African members of the council: Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.

The result means UN sanctions against South Sudan will be extended until May 31, 2020, including an arms embargo an assets freeze and global travel ban against eight individuals over their role in the country’s civil war.

Ahead of the vote, South Sudan urged the UN to drop sanctions against it as the country’s civil war officially ended last year with the signing of a peace deal.

“We need them (UN Security Council) to remove South Sudan from the list of sanctioned countries. The arms embargo and targeted sanctions were all because of war and now war is over,” South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deng Dau Deng, said on state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC).

Featured image: By Patrick Gruban – originally posted to Flickr as UN Security Council, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4806913

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.