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Angola proposes arms embargo on S Sudan

Author : | Published: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Angola has proposed that the United Nations Security Council impose an arms embargo on South Sudan.

Last week, the United Nations said that South Sudan’s warring parties are killing, abducting and displacing civilians and destroying property despite conciliatory rhetoric by President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, Reuters has reported.

“The situation evolves and you have to evolve with the situation. Now what is necessary to do is an arms embargo,” said Angola’s UN Ambassador Ismael Abraao Gaspar Martins.

“We have proposed, I hope everybody goes with it.”

Angola is an elected member of the Security Council.

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft on Friday backed the proposed arms embargo.

“In South Sudan, half the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. It’s clear that despite the peace agreement, the continued fighting is further entrenching the humanitarian crisis. That is why the UK is calling for an arms embargo now,” he said.

Last month, Russia said it was opposed to an arms embargo on South Sudan or blacklisting President Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar, saying such moves were not helpful to the implementation of the peace deal.


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