The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) finally has today, Friday, imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan nearly five years after civil war erupted in the young African country.
Nine countries voted in favor of a U.S.-drafted resolution, while Russia, China, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan abstained. Ethiopia said the timing was not right given attempts to revitalize the peace process.
The United States, which drafted the action, has been one of the South Sudan’s friends but relations with the world’s youngest country soured after the nation descended into a bloody civil war in December 2013.
Sources at the UN in new york said today that the action will deter South Sudan’s unwillingless for peace.
The United States early this year imposed arms embargo by itself against South Sudan.
Speaking shortly before the vote, the United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said South Sudanese people have suffered as results of the failed actions of their leaders.
“South Sudan’s people have endured unimaginable suffering and unspeakable atrocities. Their leaders have failed them,” Haley said adding that “We need the violence to stop.”
The Council also added the SPLA former army Chief of General Staff Gen. Paul Malong Awan who is now a rebel leader and the SPLA Deputy Chief of Staffs for Logistics Malek Reuben Riak to an existing list of sanctioned South Sudan military commanders.