USA and Russia disagree on UN arms embargo against South Sudan

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While the United States urges the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, Russia opposes the embargo according to a report by AFP.

USA will present a draft resolution that bans weapons sales and imposes sanctions on the East African nation according to US Ambassador Samantha Power

“In the coming days, the United States will put forward a proposal to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and targeted sanctions on the individuals who have been the biggest spoilers to achieve lasting peace,” said Ms. Power

Britain and France have showed support for the arms embargo, China expressed its reservations and Russia reaffirmed its opposition.

A UN report recently warned that South Sudan is facing a high risk of mass atrocities that the 14,000 peacekeepers deployed in the country would not be able to stop the bloodbath.

Russian Deputy Ambassador Petr Iliichev dismissed an arms embargo as “premature,” saying it would “hardly be helpful in settling the conflict” and warning that sanctions against South Sudan’s leaders would be “the height of irresponsibility.” Further adding that President Salva Kiir was being targeted to share the same fate as Moamer Kadhafi, the Libyan leader toppled in 2011 according to AFP.

South Sudan’s Ambassador Joseph Moum Malok rejected the proposed saying it violates his country’s sovereignty.

Authorities in Juba are confronting an “armed rebellion intent on overthrowing the government,” argued Malok, should not be deprived of the means to defend themselves.